Anouar Brahem Le Pas Du Chat Noir

Anouar Brahem

It is possible to describe this album as music by Frederic Chopin written for a kanun (a variation on the dulcimer and zither) and played side by side next to Erik Satie’s music for oud. This album merges east and west in a very melodious and poetic fashion. Anyone looking for a contemplative musical background […]

The Cinematic Orchestra Presents In Motion #1

various artists

This welcome return for Jason Swinscoe and his band of imaginative cohorts starts out with a typically stylish TCO backdrop overplayed with live drum-work that’s joined by a string quartet. So far so typical of this London based outfit’s fine work. But then things change and it becomes apparent that this is not just the […]

Wesseltoft Schwarz - Duo

Wesseltoft Schwarz

Bugge Wesseltoft has been sampling himself and playing along with the sample, then repeating the process, building up layers of sound so that one instrument turns into a band, for some time now. This latest release from Norway’s most progressive musical conceptualist finds him working with Henrik Schwarz who is credited with ‘playing’ the computer. […]

Grateful Dead - Reckoning

Grateful Dead

This is album is a veritable hens tooth, a fantastic performance by an immensely talented band that was recorded at such a high standard that its stands out a mile over 30 years later. It reveals just how great the Dead were in 1980, playing live in front of very enthusiastic audiences on the east […]

Grateful Dead - Blues for Allah

Grateful Dead

This 1975 foray by the greatest hippy band to ever play the pyramids was the closest they ever came to jazz rock. Inevitably it’s not that close but there are quite a few instrumental pieces among its dozen tracks and some pretty sharp playing. There aren’t any saxophones either but a flute takes the lead on […]