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 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
3 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
4 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
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.
'Optical Illusions washes over you in gorgeously drowsy electronic waves...it's irresistible.' Mojo
6 Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo - Despite The Snow
'Despite The Snow' is the second studio album by Anglo-Australian quartet Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo. It includes the song 'Nostalgia', the theme tune from the award-winning soundtrack of BBC TV drama Wallander.
'This is a stunningly beautiful album that you should track down and treasure.' Electric Ghost
7 Barb Jungr - Love Me Tender
Some of the greatest song writing talents of the 50s, 60s and70s wrote for Elvis Presley. Barb Jungr, regarded as Britain's foremost chansonnier and song stylist takes these songs and embarks on a journey through love, loneliness, obsession and finally, faith; a tribute to Elvis Presley in the real sense of the word.
‘Presley's lush sentimentality goes out of the window: in its place is an art-song sensibility tinged with cultured R&B.' The Sunday Times
8 Amy Duncan - Cycles of Life
Amy Duncan is an Edinburgh-based singer-songwriter whose ambient, folk-inspired music is charming crowds across the country with its emotive, ethereal allure. With beautiful harmonies and haunting melodies she weaves stories deeply familiar to us all.
'In addition to Amy's immediately arresting vocals, the strings are incredibly effective - a dash of electronics, tinkle of clarsach and Amy's own measured, hypnotic double bass.' Folk Radio
9 Carol Kidd - Tell Me Once Again
This lovely album is full of staple songs from the Carol Kidd / Nigel Clark repertoire but with the twist of being arranged exclusively for this dynamic duo. Kidd's vocal melodies are as rich and sensual as velvet and Clark's guitar playing is refined, delicate and impeccable. Each of the songs on this album is captivating and intimate - so much so, you might just find yourself thinking that Kidd might be singing just to you. Sit back, relax and let the gorgeous melodies of this fantastic duo take over.
10 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