In 2001, Euphoria released Jaunty-Jolly/Guilty!!, which combined two albums by guitar slinger Howard Roberts on one compact disc: Jaunty-Jolly and Guilty!! , both originally issued on Capitol in 1967.
Alasdair Roberts has been paying due diligence to the folkie lifestyle for many years now, having just released his ninth full-length under his own name with little to no fanfare. The Scot is a commanding figure of the nebulous genre s realest traditions, spanning back to a style that echoes how folk standards are played, or what you might expect from the actual folk circuit. While recent Roberts works have been ominous and twilit, his new self-titled finds himself in a contented and soothed state of mind. The record is, for all intents and purposes, a solo record with a little help from his friends – whistles, clarinets and extra-special vocalists appear to wish him well, but let him do the talking, whether its with words or a knotty guitar melody.
This entertaining CD takes its name from a cantata, which forms one part of this recital devoted to the music of Georg Benda (1722-95), one of a distinguished family of Bohemian musicians who settled in Berlin in the 18th century and became part of the German enlightenment. Georg became Kapellmeister at Gotha in 1750 and gained widespread approval for his compositions and for his skill as a violinist, oboist and keyboard player. Mozart admired Benda’s music and carried two of his melodramas with him on his travels. Hyperion have put together a pretty record containing piano pieces (played here expertly on the fortepiano by Timothy Roberts), lieder and the above cantata for soprano or tenor by two of our best ‘chamber singers’ (which does not mean that they do not sing other genres, only that they excel in this kind of intimate sphere). It might be a good idea not to play the whole hour of music at one go but (say) to have half before dinner and half afterwards.
Quelque part entre Esperanza Spalding et Camille, Archibald nous invite à un voyage musical. Issu de la nouvelle scène jazz française, Archibald est un jeune groupe constitué autour de Roxane Terramorsi au chant et Nicolas Gardel à la guitare. Entourés de jeunes musiciens talentueux (piano, contrebasse, batterie), ils proposent un jazz qui se joue des styles et des frontières, porté par la belle voix mature d'une chanteuse voyageuse et polyglotte. Entre grooves délicats et bossa nova lumineuse, chantées en français, anglais ou portugais, les compositions d'Archibald entremêlent les genres et les influences, allant d'Esperanza Spalding à Camille, en passant par Emiliana Torrini et Mayra Andrade.