Non-Classical Top 10

The Non-Classical Top Ten lists the albums which have proved most popular in the last month and might give you some good ideas for your next purchase. It covers not just jazz but also rock & pop, electronica and folk. 

    

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Too Much in Love to Care

Too Much in Love to Care is Claire Martin's first US studio recording for fifteen years and guest stars Kenny Barron. It was named 'Best New Album' at the 2013 British Jazz Awards and 'One of the Best Albums of 2012' by Jazz History Online.

'This is an outstanding album from one of the finest jazz singers in the world today.' Jazz Journal

  

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Too Darn Hot!

Claire Martin concentrates on her core jazz-based strengths, delivering pithy, worldly-wise lyrics with warmth and intelligence, interacting with a sparky, vigorous band.

'To be original without sounding outlandish or just plain dotty is a difficult trick to bring off, especially for singers but Claire Martin has always managed it with grace and poise.' The Observer

  

Barb JungrBarb Jungr - Every Grain of Sand

Originally released in 2002 this insightful album established Jungr as one of the leading interpreters of the Bob Dylan songbook and entered the Top 10 'Jazz Album of the Year' lists in The Sunday Times and The Telegraph whilst the Wall Street Journal described it as '...the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far.'

'Except for Dylan himself on a good night, this is the best way to hear his songs.' 4 stars The Independent

 

Tommy SmithTommy Smith - The Sound of Love

Saxophone virtuoso Tommy Smith reveals himself to be a consummate ballad player on this laid back selection of classics by two of the most justly celebrated composers in jazz history: Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn.

'Emphasizing ballads, Sound of Love [is] seductive, evocative, lower-the-lights mood music. Smith [plays] from the heart.' 4 stars All Music

                 

Claire MartinClaire Martin - He never mentioned love

Claire Martin returns with this stylish tribute to the late and legendary American songstress Shirley Horn. He never mentioned love sees the UK's finest jazz singer investigate songs memorably performed by her greatest influence.

'In short: a gem of an album, pulling off the difficult feat of simultaneously showcasing Martin's unrivalled vocal gifts and celebrating the extraordinarily moving quality of Horn's music. Strongly recommended.' Jazz Review

    

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Time & Place

Time & Place perfectly sums up Claire Martin’s jazz roots and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career.

'One of this country's greatest jazz singers once again pushing boundaries into new territory with spectacular results...It's an ace album.' Jamie Cullum

   

Joe StilgoeJoe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls

Firmly established as a performer and songwriter of considerable skill, Joe Stilgoe's first studio album on Linn is a masterclass in giving nostalgia a contemporary twist.

'...it's impossible not to be swept along by the album's welcoming embrace...there's also a superb duet with the incomparable Liane Carroll.' 4 stars Jazzwise

 

Martin TaylorMartin Taylor - Change of Heart

Released in 1991, the same year Martin Taylor was named 'Best Guitarist' for the fifth time at the British Jazz Awards, Change of Heart features Taylor's quartet of David Newton, Brian Shiels and John Rae.

'...deliberation,elegance and musical intelligence.'  Gramophone

    

Emily BarkerEmily Barker - Dear River

Dear River is the fourth studio album from Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo. The Deluxe version includes The Dog House Sessions Bonus album, an intimate live acoustic recording of Dear River.

'Ambitious and beautifully wrought, Dear River should mark Barker's entry into the big leagues.' 4 stars Q

   

Joe Stilgoe10 Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel

All the best movies need a sequel and Joe Stilgoe's popular tribute to the silver screen, Songs On Film, is no different. The Monsters Inc. favourite, 'If I Didn't Have You', sees Joe and special guest Curtis Stigers take on the roles of Mike and Sulley, originally sung by Billy Crystal and John Goodman.

'...what came across most forcibly was not only film buff Joe Stilgoe's evident love of this material, but also the infectious joy of performing it...' 4 stars Jazzwise