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 Claire Martin - Time and Place
'Time & Place' perfectly sums up Claire Martin's jazz roots and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career. With guests including The Montpellier Cello Quartet and Joe Stilgoe, Claire performs stunning new arrangements of songs from an eclectic group of songwriters.
'Time & Place is one of those rare things: an album of standouts...' Jazzwise
2 Joe Stilgoe - Songs On Film Live
With a voice that has attracted comparisons with Harry Connick Jr, Michael Buble and Jamie Cullum and a playing style likened to the great Oscar Peterson, Joe Stilgoe displays charm, wit and sincerity in equal measure as he tackles a diverse selection of songs linked by the theme of film which The Sunday Times described as ‘a touching yet quirky selection of stardust memories.'
3 Maeve O'Boyle - All My Sins
Produced by Calum Malcolm (The Blue Nile), 'All My Sins' is a master class in melodic, folk-tinged pop and features co-writes with, among others, Ricky Ross (Deacon Blue) and Francis Macdonald (Teenage Fanclub). 'All My Sins' demonstrates Maeve's natural lyricism and exceptional voice that suggest maturity beyond her 21 years.
Album of the Month: '...the best album of the year so far.' The Music Critic
4 Judith Owen - Happy This Way
'Happy this way' explores Owen's extraordinary talent for mixing Celtic, jazz and contemporary influences, resulting in a memorable and emotional view of her homeland.
CD of the Week: 'Judith Owen's new album "Happy This Way" shows why she's been compared to Joni Mitchell, Barbra Streisand and Dusty Springfield...a strong, clear and enjoyable voice accompanied by some great orchestral sounds.' The Sunday Post
5 William Orbit - My Oracle Lives Uptown
My Oracle Lives Uptown is William Orbit's eighth album, and his signature sound - sleek and lush, but leaving a cool slipstream in its wake - is immediately recognisable. Most of the tracks on the album feature vocals, even if they are only textures in the mix - and their placement within the track is planned with a remixer's ear for shifts of perspective.
'Orbit has never been quite so inviting.' Q
6 Alyn Cosker - Lyn's Une
Alyn Cosker has established a reputation as a formidable jazz drummer. He has poured his experience and chameleon-like taste into the original compositions on 'Lyn's Une'. Joining Alyn on his debut album are some of the most exciting and versatile young musicians on the Scottish music scene. The album recaptures the energy of a live performance and features funky, roaringly passionate jazz.
'...a particularly lively listen...one to search out.' The Jazz Breakfast
7 Barb Jungr - Walking In The Sun
Drawing on influences from a wide range of musical traditions, including gospel and the blues, this album is Barb Jungr's most accessible release to date. The singer brings her decidedly creative and imaginative style to Carole King's Way Over Yonder, Jimmy Cliff's Many Rivers to Cross and, of course, her trademark re-workings of Dylan songs.
‘Her most compellingly sung and intensely vital collection to date.' Jazzwise
8 Emily Barker and The Red Clay Halo - Dear River
'Dear River' is the much-anticipated fourth studio album from Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo. Full of contrasting dynamics and a broad cavalcade of emotions 'Dear River' is a fascinating exploration of self, place and people.
'...amazing...a classic album...' Maverick Magazine
9 Carol Kidd - Tell Me Once Again
'Tell Me Once Again', by Carol Kidd with guitarist Nigel Clark, is full of magical moments and captures the spine-tingling intimacy they excel at in their live performances. This lovely album is full of staple songs from the Kidd - Clark repertoire but with the twist of being arranged exclusively for this dynamic duo. Sit back, relax and let the gorgeous melodies of this fantastic duo take over.
'...knowledgeable jazz phrasing that validates everything this lady performs.' Jazz Rag
10 Claire 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, 'one of the top jazz pianists in the world' (LA Times). It was named 'Best New Album' at the 2013 British Jazz Awards.
'From the stylistic, "cool" jazz of the quartet to the assured, versatile singing, all of the pieces fit intuitively.' Audiophile Audition