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. 

  

Emily BarkerEmily Barker - Sweet Kind of Blue

'Sweet Kind of Blue' is an intoxicating blend of self penned songs about loves lost, heartrending humanity and the rush of the road trip. The making of the album was a love story in itself, between Emily Barker and Memphis. It marks a new sound for Barker as she returns to the soul and blues influences that first inspired her to become a songwriter and musician.

8/10 '...the sweltering funk of Sunrise and the title track sound like lost Muscle Shoals gems.' UNCUT    

   

Barb JungrBarb Jungr - Every Grain of Sand (Fifteenth Anniversary Edition)

Originally released in 2002 this insightful album established Jungr as one of the leading interpreters of the Bob Dylan songbook. Barb's revelatory interpretations get right to the heart of Dylan's lyrics, finding new depths and emotion in his work.

Records of the Year: #7 'Barb Jungr's bold reworking of his songs makes a fascinating journey.' The Sunday Times

   

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Too Much In Love To Care

Claire Martin's collection of classic romantic songs and ballads from The Great American Songbook features legendary US pianist Kenny Barron. 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.' 5 stars Audiophile Audition

          

Claire MartinClaire Martin - Too Darn Hot!

From an exciting new arrangement of 'Something's Coming' from Bernstein's West Side Story, to Joni Mitchell's 'Blue Motel Room' arranged by jazz singer Ian Shaw, the album mixes jazz standards with new arrangements to create an original showcase for Claire's clever musicality and superb vocals.

'Claire Martin has been a class act for years, and her wit, relaxation and inventive choices of materials are rivalled only by her musicality and instrumentalist's jazz awareness.Jazz UK

 

Maeve O'BoyleMaeve O'Boyle - All My Sins

Maeve O'Boyle's unique blend of melodic pop, folk and rock has remained a firm favourite since its release in 2009. Her flair for penning intelligent, captivating songs and exceptional voice won acclaim from the public and critics alike.

'Maeve's mournful, plaintive and utterly beguiling voice ensures there are no misses on this triumphant debut.' 5 stars The Daily Express   

 

Joe StilgoeJoe 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. Curtis Stigers guests on this new studio recording which takes listeners on a whirlwind tour of the movies.

'...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

 

Claire MartinClaire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett - Witchcraft

These songs are some of the best entries in the Great American Song Book and Claire's singing has the style to a "t" and more wit and expression than anyone else alive. But it is the great, extraordinary Richard Rodney Bennett that just transforms this - the piano playing is just a masterclass in orchestration.

'...the result is one timeless version of a song after another...Unequivocally recommended.' Jazz Journal    

 

Barb JungrBarb 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

 

Applewood RoadApplewood Road - Applewood Road

This self-titled debut album, by all-female trio Applewood Road, is a testament to the prolific songwriting talents of Emily Barker, Amber Rubarth and Amy Speace. Featuring some of Nashville's finest session musicians, Applewood Road was recorded around a single microphone live to tape at Nashville's all analogue studio, Welcome to 1979, and mastered at London's Gearbox Records.

'...a flawless set that has to be the most haunting release of the past year.' The Sunday Times

 

Barb Jungr10 Barb Jungr - Man In The Long Black Coat

Jungr's superb interpretations of her musical hero combined with her unique vocal style and arrangements deliver a gorgeous performance on this compilation of Dylan songs. Includes four never before recorded tracks: 'Sara', 'Man In The Long Black Coat', 'It Ain't Me Babe' and 'With God On Our Side'.

'If you've yet to enter Barb Jungr's musical universe, then this paean to Dylan is just about the perfect place to start.' Jazzwise