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 Barb Jungr - Shelter From The Storm
Barb Jungr celebrates the songs of Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell, David Bowie and Peter Gabriel on her new album, plus new songs written by Barb and pianist Laurence Hobgood. These 'songs of hope' are a much-needed antidote to today's 'troubled times'; an uplifting message superbly realised.
'Vocalist Barb Jungr pulls off quite a coup on her ninth album for Linn...this fine album possesses a special poignancy.'
2 Liane Carroll - Seaside
Liane Carroll's soulful voice has won the award-winning singer a legion of fans. Her new album 'Seaside', designed to evoke memories of hot summer holidays and brisk winter beach walks, is a mix of original songs and covers which broadly follow a seashore theme.
'Liane Carroll doesn't just sing jazz. She is jazz. This is jazz of the highest quality. Believe.'
3 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. 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
4 Joe Stilgoe - New Songs For Old Souls
Joe Stilgoe's seamless ability to mix contemporary style with a fond nostalgia for the Golden Era of Gene Kelly and Louis Prima means his 'old soul' finds a perfect match in these 'new songs'.
Featuring an energetic big band, exceptional rhythm section and a guest spot from singer Liane Caroll this is a sure-fire hit!
'...an album that you just can't stop playing.' The Observer
5 Martin 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.
'Taylor's bluesy guitar and Newton's soulful piano make this extended performance a treat. This recommended CD is well worth acquiring.' AllMusic.com
6 Emily Barker & The Red Clay Halo - Dear River
'Dear River' is the much-anticipated fourth studio album from Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning Emily Barker. The Deluxe version includes The Dog House Sessions Bonus album recorded live in one day.
Download This: 'A concept album about home, Dear River layers poignant images of travel, exile, emigration and landscape. The Red Clay Halo band weave classic folk and roots-rock whilst Baker's warm voice tells a multitude of stories.' Diva
7 Tommy Smith - The Sound Of Love
Saxophone virtuoso Tommy Smith wows with a selection of Ellington and Strayhorn standards, featuring Kenny Barron on piano. This 1997 album, which reached Number 20 in the American Gavin Jazz Chart, reveals Tommy Smith as a consummate ballad player on this laid back selection of classics.
'Pianist Kenny Barron was the perfect choice for this project. His articulate phrasing and heartfelt performances provide the anchor for Smith's rich and multi- textured tenor sax passages.' All About Jazz
8 Carol Kidd - Tell Me Once Again
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. Kidd's vocal melodies are as rich and sensual as velvet and Clark's guitar playing is refined, delicate and impeccable.
'This is musical storytelling at its best, and a superb example of the scope within the duo format: along with several exquisite ballads...' Scotland on Sunday
9 Maeve O Boyle - All My Sins
'All My Sins', the debut album from Glasgow's rising star Maeve O'Boyle, is a master class in melodic, folk-tinged pop and showcases Maeve's poignant, personal and deeply meaningful self-penned songs. Her unique blend of melodic pop, folk and rock won the acclaim of many established musicians and the press upon its release.
'...it's a classy collection of great soul-searching songs well sung.' The Sunday Post
10 Claire 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.
'This album is one classy jazz vocal release that will be hard to beat.' Audio & Video Lifestyle