Category: Album Reviews – Archive

June 24, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

THE REELING (River Lea) 9/10 The intricacy of Celtic jewellery, with is maze-like interweaving of lines without apparent end, its recurrent patterns and its mythical creatures swallowing their own tails, finds a sonic mirror in the culture’s traditional music. Brighde Chambeul (pronounced Bree-choo Campbell), who hails from the Isle of…

June 4, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

MOVE ON: A SONDHEIM ADVENTURE (Mack Avenue/Planet) 8/10 The wonder is that it has not been done more often. Precious few songwriters across the last 60 years hold a candle to Stephen Sondheim, yet jazz musicians have largely shied from engaging with his material. In 1995 came a worthy attempt…

May 29, 2019 / Album Reviews - Archive

The Gloaming 3 (Real Word/Planet) 9.5/10 The Gloaming is surely the only band rooted in Irish traditional music that would dare to begin an album with prepared piano. When Iarla O Lionaird joins – with an instantly haunting melody sung in Gaelic – you have an encapsulation of why this…