Music Reviews

Iiro Rantala String Trio
I have just listened to the album of the year, and it’s only the end of January. It will be nigh on impossible to convey the sheer beauty of this album and the talent of the trio that weave their magic and musical spell...
Tord Gustavsen Quartet
If you have not heard Tord Gustavsen's seminal albums this will be, for the most part, a musical joy and a refreshing experience as you discover a quiet but powerful force in contemporary music. Gustavsen and his musical...
Keith Jarrett
These two concerts were recorded in 1981 but the full Munich performance has never been previously released. They came shortly after what would become the height of Jarrett's commercial success with The Köln Concert and...
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Laura MarlingOnce I Was an EagleCD
Laura Marling has made many great albums for one so young but her latest is the most appealing. The recording is extremely intimate and Marling incredibly seductive as a result, even if the...
The Jimi Hendrix Experience
I was eating breakfast, BBC 6Music on the radio, then Sean Keaveny dropped Foxey Lady from this album and stopped me in my tracks. Lummy doesn’t fully express the effect that the track had on me that morning, but at least it...
Charlie Mingus
What would sound like processed cheese in any one else's hands comes across with verve, wit and an effortless joie de vivre when Charlie Mingus takes the reins. The title alone might be enough to put many off today but that'...
Samuel Yirga
Ethiopian pianist Samuel Yirga is the jewel in the Real World crown. He's not as famous as some of the artists on Peter Garbriel's label but he's equally as talented. I spotted him because the six track download only Habasha...
Gregory Porter
This review took longer than most because Liquid Spirit is a great sounding record, so good that it became a reference within days of its arrival and looks like remaining one for a long time to come. This is Porter’s first...
The Swallow Quintet
Steve Swallow is a bass player and partner of the organ player Carla Bley, her sound is as much a key to this album as Swallow's, it creates the ambiance. The bass is brought to the fore as you might expect but it doesn't...
Grey Reverend
Grey Reverend has bubbling under on and around the Ninja Tune label for a couple of years now, he popped up on the Cinematic Orchestra's last outing and that band's leader J Swinscoe has released this album on his Motion...
The Last Hurrah!!
Another Scandiwegian gem The Last Hurrah!! is Norwegian guitarist HP Gundersen along with a cornucopia of unusual acoustic instruments played by an international ensemble of great musicians. It's floaty, light and often...
Keith Jarrett, Gary Peacock, Jack DeJohnette
In the past I have found the standards covered by Jarrett, Peacock and DeJohnette are a little too old and soft for my tastes, but this selection, originally presented at a 2009 concert in Lucerne, has just the right balance...

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