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

Emily Barker's latest album 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. The deluxe version features eight new songs.

'It's a sweet and tender distillation of Americana influences. Blues meets country meets gospel, Emily's songwriting seems to capture a world that belongs both in the past and the present.' Clash

         

William OrbitWilliam Orbit - My Oracle Lives Uptown

Although My Oracle Lives Uptown is probably William Orbit's most immediate album, it's so subtly layered that it only reveals itself fully after a number of plays.

'The dreamy Optical Illusions washes over you in gorgeously drowsy electronic waves ... Orbit has no need to reinvent the wheel - this has become his sound, and once again it's irresistible.' 4 stars Mojo

        

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. The Monsters Inc. favourite, 'If I Didn't Have You', sees Joe and special guest Curtis Stigers take on the roles of Mike and Sulley, originally sung by Billy Crystal and John Goodman.

'...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...' 4 stars Jazzwise

  

Barb JungrBarb Jungr - Every Grain of Sand

Originally released in 2002 this insightful album established Jungr as one of the leading interpreters of the Bob Dylan songbook and entered the Top 10 'Jazz Album of the Year' lists in The Sunday Times and The Telegraph whilst the Wall Street Journal described it as '...the most significant vocal album of the 21st century thus far.'

'Except for Dylan himself on a good night, this is the best way to hear his songs.' 4 stars The Independent

  

Barb JungrBarb Jungr - Love Me Tender

Love Me Tender is a tribute to Elvis Presley in the real sense of the word. Barb Jungr is not impersonating him. These tracks are real covers - deconstructions and reinterpretations - making the listener forget the original.

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

  

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.

'The standout track is the gorgeous title song from which they take their name...a slow, dreamy drift through an old-time landscape.' Daily Telegraph

                 

Claire MartinClaire Martin - He Never Mentioned Love

Claire Martin returns with this stylish tribute to the late and legendary American songstress Shirley Horn. He never mentioned love sees the UK's finest jazz singer investigate songs memorably performed by her greatest influence.

In short: a gem of an album, pulling off the difficult feat of simultaneously showcasing Martin's unrivalled vocal gifts and celebrating the extraordinarily moving quality of Horn's music. Strongly recommended. Jazz Review

  

Judith OwenJudith Owen - Happy This Way

On Happy This Way Judith Owen brings to bear her singular sense of humour and raw emotionalism to create a homage to her native Britain that is at once poignant and funny.

'...the kind of wailing folk-jazz voice that slices away surfaces to touch vulnerable emotional nerve endings and leave you quivering.' New York Times

  

Joe StilgoeJoe 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.

'...a touching yet quirky selection of stardust memories.' The Sunday Times

  

Emily Barker10 Emily Barker - Dear River

Dear River is the fourth studio album from Bafta and Ivor Novello award winning Emily Barker and her band The Red Clay Halo. The Deluxe version includes The Dog House Sessions Bonus album, an intimate live acoustic recording of Dear River.

'Ambitious and beautifully wrought, Dear River should mark Barker's entry into the big leagues.' 4 stars Q