My favourite Records of 2012

Hmmmm…the time of year for favourites…I’ve chosen a dozen, plus a few. It’s been a great year; not so many records sent for me to review so more what I’ve discovered myself through recommendations – the lifeblood of music discovery – hence this top twelve list!   Donny McCaslin – Casting for Shadows First on […]

Favourite Records of 2009

In no particular order: Lawson/Dodds/Woods – Numbers improv-looping- sensitive- musical-open-beautiful sounds Melvin Gibbs’ Elevated Entity – Ancients Speak making hip-hop vital again-pete cosey playing his head off-melvin laying down the bass-Yoruba chants-intense music Seth Horan – Clang and Chime coming of age music for Seth-lyrical-melodic-grooveladen-beautiful bass Vijay Iyer Trio – Historicity exciting-unique-contemporary jazz-Fibonacci and hip-hop […]

Favourite Albums

Hmmmm….I initially went for 20, this expanded to 30 and then I culled it dramatically and painfully to 20 again. These are not necessarily the ‘best’ albums – though I think they might be: they are the albums which mean the most to me. Some of my hugest influences are omitted as I can’t think […]