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.
1 Julienne Taylor - When We Are One
Hailed as 'Scotland's best female voice since Annie Lennox', Julienne has kept fans waiting for five years for a new studio album. Julienne has teamed up with Italian guitarist and songwriter Daniele Ferretti for this album, resulting in a collection of original songs and fresh interpretations of classic ballads. Highlights include the Celtic influenced arrangement of 'A Thousand Years' featuring the border pipes and low whistles of Fraser Fifield and the epic new track 'Dancing With The Oceans'.
2 Laurence Hobgood - Honor Thy Fathers
Known for his work with Kurt Elling, Laurence Hobgood looks to the men he admires for inspiration on his trio album 'Honor Thy Fathers'. With tracks dedicated to his mentors and musical inspirations (Wayne Shorter, Bill Evans, Oscar Peterson and Charlie Haden) Laurence has created a memorable album.
'It's easy to hear similarities between Laurence Hobgood's piano and that of Brad Mehldau...The album is a sublime statement-perhaps the first of 2016.' JazzTimes
3 Susan Wong - Woman In Love
'Woman In Love' features romantic songs, old and new from Olivia Newton-John's 'I Honestly Love You' and Barbra Streisand's classic 'Woman in Love' to Rihanna's hit 'Stay' and Adele's 'Make You Feel My Love'. The album bears Susan's signature sultry vocal, accompanied by fresh and brilliant arrangements and features Susan's original song 'Can't You See (I'm Falling In Love)', a heartfelt declaration of love.
4 Claire Martin & Ray Gelato - We've Got A World That Swings
'We've Got A World That Swings' is a tour de force: Ray's jumpin' vocals and sax provide an ideal foil for Claire's velvety voice. The song selection is a delicious serving of some of the most sumptuous morsels in the Great American Songbook.
Album Choice: 'This is [Gelato's] second pairing with Ms Martin, an audiophile poster child, and the results are irresistible...perfection.' Hi-Fi News
5 Barb Jungr - Come Together
Barb Jungr and GRAMMY Award-winning arranger John McDaniel deliver revelatory renditions of Beatles classics. Building on the runaway success of her celebrated interpretations of Bob Dylan songs, 'Come Together' sees Jungr take on and lovingly revitalise yet another sacred cow of rock and pop: The Beatles.
'From within the most seemingly trivial love song, she uncovered a stunning depth and complexity of feeling.' New York Times
6 Various - The Magic & The Mystery of the Piano Trio
For contemplative moments of the wintertime ahead of us, Ozella presents a compilation that combines quiet and pensive songs from some of the best Piano Jazz Trios of our time. This includes Norwegian favourites Helge Lien Trio, Finland's top newcomer Kari Ikonen Trio and the Eivind Austad Trio with a beautifully dreamy David Bowie cover version.
7 Barb Jungr - Every Grain of Sand
Barb Jungr's first album of Bob Dylan songs has deservedly become known as a cult classic and has won her a dedicated fan base around the world. One of Dylan's biggest champions, Barb's revelatory interpretations get right to the heart of Dylan's poetry, finding new depths and emotion in his work.
'Jungr can squeeze more juice out of a Dylan song than just about anybody.' New York Times
8 Barb Jungr - Shelter From The Storm
Barb Jungr's unrivalled ability as an enthralling song stylist brings new depth and insight into songs by Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel. A Jazzwise 'Album of 2016'.
'The Dylan and Cohen covers are, as one has come to expect from Jungr, quite superb...But perhaps the biggest surprise on Shelter is the quality of Jungr's own compositions.' Kind of Jazz
9 Pete Alderton - Something Smooth
'Cover My Blues' singer Pete Alderton continues to tell the story of his life through masterly crafted songs on his new album 'Something Smooth'. Once again the singer, guitarist and songwriter proves that he is one of the best and most versatile blues artists of his generation. The smooth vibe of the title is present in the romantic opening track, 'Man On The Run' and 'Never', a jazzy piano ballad. These original compositions are accompanied by a touching version of 'I Hope That I Don't Fall In Love With You' by Tom Waits, whilst Pete's love of Delta-blues inspires 'Revelation Blues' by the legendary Robert Johnson.
10 Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film: The Sequel
This new studio recording takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of the movies with classics such as 'Arthur's Theme' from the Dudley Moore favourite Arthur and 'You Never Can Tell' from Pulp Fiction. 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.
'...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...' Jazzwise