John Adcock

John Adcock

It's rather ironic to be asked to give this review a label. Why? Because in the liner notes to the wonderful "In My Room", Larry Goldings makes a staunch defence of the music he's selected to play on this CD, describing labels as being "so 1980s." And he's absolutely right.

My local record store is selling this under the Classical Music section, so is it really jazz at all? Perhaps more importantly, does a label matter when the music is so good?The 2 CD set of "Love Songs" is very much a game of 2 halves. CD1 presents 7 original songs penned by Mehldau, at although it's okay, it takes itself rather too seriously in places. Anne Sofie Von Otter has a superb voice, but it's probably not used to best effect on this material, with Mehldau trying too hard to sound cla
Now into his early seventies, Charles Lloyd finds himself fronting one of the hottest jazz quartets currently working the circuit, and with Mirror has produced one of the most highly rated albums of the year.Combining material from several influential sources throughout his career, Lloyd and his band give equal weight and respect on this CD to material from Thelonious Monk, Brian Wilson and Sammy Cahn. There's also a heavy gospel and spiritual influence at work, with some Lloyd originals making
Nearly twenty years after the death of Stan Getz, we now have the complete recordings he made with Kenny Barron at the Cafe Montmatre in Copenhagen in 1991, shortly before the legendary tenor man succumbed to cancer.Up until now, the 2 disc version of People Time has stood as a wonderful testament to the last great recordings Getz made, but this new 7 disc version now surely relegates that set to the status of a starter to this more generous and satisfying main course.The music is a mixture of s
Stories Yet To Tell is something very special indeed from British jazz singer Norma Winstone. Somehow, all the material on this album summarizes what the ECM label is all about: spacious, haunting music that leaves you with a sense of lingering reflection at what you have just listened to. It's the kind of music where the space between the notes and tracks is as important as the notes being played.Hard to classify or label in terms of content, one thing the album isn't is in your face. This i
Stories Yet To Tell is something very special indeed from British jazz singer Norma Winstone. Somehow, all the material on this album summarize…