Category: Album Reviews – Archive

June 25, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Beginner’s Guide To The Blues (Nascente/Select) Compilations often look like they were assembled by the person who clears the copyrights, and sound like the remastering engineer was drunk. But this three-CD set (subtitled Deep Down & Dirty), while having glaring omissions, was programmed with intelligence, heart and knowledge, and was…

June 17, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

Birds (Edition/Planet) The planet crawls with exciting improvisers, but those who are equally accomplished composers are rare. Several of them record for Dave Stapleton’s UK-based Edition label, including Norwegian saxophonist Marius Neset, whose title track for this album is one of many highlights. Forty years ago Dave Holland released a…

June 12, 2013 / Album Reviews - Archive

New Orleans Gris Gris (Metro Select/Select) Much of the American music that so comprehensively colonised the world during the last century can be traced back to one city: New Orleans. A unique musical crucible of brass band, ragtime, African, French, Spanish and Caribbean ingredients, it was the birthplace not only…