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 Claire Martin - Perfect Alibi
'Perfect Alibi' is a diverse mix of modern classics featuring Jimi Hendrix's 'Up From The Skies', the Stylistics' 'People Make The World Go Round', Donny Hathaway's 'More Than You'll Ever Know', and Laura Nyro's 'He's A Runner'.
'Many of the songs are delivered with a jazzy twist and her trademark smoky-sweet voice.' Audiophile Audition
6 Barb Jungr - Walking In The Sun
'Walking In The Sun' heralded a new direction for one of Europe's finest voices. With many magical moments all compellingly sung, this is Barb Jungr at her most magnificent.
'With a voice and attitude that is custom-made for "cool blues," Walking in the Sun finds Jungr pooling her talents to deliciously convey a myriad of emotions with each sung syllable. In this program that joins the blues with gospel, Jungr has again come up with a winning formula.' All About Jazz
7 Carol Kidd - Dreamsville
'Dreamsville' marks the long-awaited return of a UK jazz legend. 'Dreamsville' showcases American Songbook favourites as well as previously unrecorded original songs. 'Dreamsville' places a great singer, at the top of her form, back where she belongs - in the upper echelons of world class vocal jazz.
'Carol Kidd has made her finest album...She has never sounded better.' The Herald
8 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
9 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
10 Barb Jungr - Man In The Long Black Coat
Internationally renowned as one of the best interpreters of Bob Dylan, Barb Jungr pays tribute to her musical hero with this album released on the year of his 70th birthday. Barb's recording marks a culmination of her decade-long musical love affair with Bob Dylan.
'Except for Dylan himself on a good night, this is the best way to hear his songs.' The Independent