The Borodin Trio's recording of Mendelssohn's two piano trios was first released in 1985 and reissued in 2009, in time for the Mendelssohn bicentennial. The performances may not be as warmly opulent as fans of the group might like. Fans used to their big-vibrato, heart-on-the-sleeve approach to the trios of Schubert and Brahms could miss the Trio's usual ultra-lush ensemble and super-heated sonority.
The beautifully subtle pop/jazz vocalist has been one of the great old souls of music since launching her recording career after winning the first runner up prize at the 1998 Thelonious Monk Institute Vocal Competition. But she celebrated the significant chronological milestone of passing 30 while making this graceful and exquisite album. Beyond that, Monheit also celebrates her new motherhood to son Jack, and that's what inspired the inclusion of the always welcome "Rainbow Connection"; she sings the charming song – and its lyrics that inspired the name of the recording – to Jack all the time. At home, however, it doesn't have the exquisite Gil Goldstein accordion touch that makes this one of the best renditions ever. Goldstein arranged many of the tracks, but one of the most exciting jazzy turns, Monheit's swinging, swaggering "Get Out of Town," was done by pianist Michael Kanan, who was part of the ensemble that recorded half of these tracks while the singer was still pregnant. In many ways, then, this 13-track collection is a chronicle of the singer pre- and post-motherhood – and all something that Jack will be proud of as he grows older. As always, the key to a great interpreter's project is the choice of material, and Monheit makes interesting picks, ranging from a wistful take on Paul Simon's "I Do It for Your Love" to Fiona Apple's dark and haunting "Slow Like Honey" and Corinne Bailey Rae's "Like a Star".
When Life Was In Black and White was the first album from the Dave Stapleton Quintet. Winning rave reviews for their accessible yet contemporary take on their approach to form and composition from Jazzwise and Guardian, DSQ won a number of fans throughout the UK. Based in Cardiff, DSQ performed extensively and built a formidable reputation as one of the most hotly tipped bands to emerge in some time.
Limited edition of 1000 numbered copies. A Journey To Tyme is an 5 CD Box Set 80-track excursion into the murky world of 60s Garage sounds from the USA and Canada. As with all the Psychic Circle box sets, A Journey To Thyme features 5 individually packaged CDs in replica card wallets. Familiar names jostle for our attention alongside their more obscure comtemporaries and each volume was compiled and sequenced by the legendary Nick Saloman (aka the Bevis Frond). A Journey To Tyme was originally released as a double CD and 3 individual records and this is the first time all 5 volumes have been assembled as a deluxe 5 CD box set. Accompanied by a detailed 84-page booklet featuring updated band histories, rare photographs and full discographies, this is another addition to any fan of the genres collection. All 5 individual volumes assembled here for the first time. Compiled and sequenced by Nick Saloman.