CD Choice: Martyn Joseph – Sanctuary

CD Choice: Martyn Joseph – Sanctuary

(Pipe Records) After a couple of releases, where he made efforts to connect more with his audience (which was counter-productive to these ears) Martyn Joseph has come along with a superb set of songs that work as an excellent, well-rounded introduction to his passions, roots and talents. They will also delight any long-term fan. Without losing […]

CD Choice: Jason Carter – Seeking the Divine

CD Choice: Jason Carter – Seeking the Divine

Independent: (http://bit.ly/1RVikXO) Carter is more than a harp guitarist extraordinaire. He is a consummate artist. His photos and videos overflow with colour and character. So it is a little surprising perhaps, that his guitar work can sometimes be so restrained and delicate. If you tried to pigeonhole his music, you would have to start with […]

CD Choice: Jenn Bostic – Faithful

CD Choice: Jenn Bostic – Faithful

(Jenn Bostic Music) The Nashville singer-songwriter knows how to connect with a UK audience.  “Jealous of the Angels” – about losing her father – became a hit after a breakfast show slot a year or two back, and this music featured on Songs of Praise earlier this year. Faithful displays the urgency and hurt of […]

CD Choice: Stryper – Fallen

CD Choice: Stryper – Fallen

(Frontiers Reco rds) For Stryper to follow up 2013’s No More Hell to Pay is a huge ask. That possible career-best had more energy than it is fair to expect from a band that broke records on MTV back in the ‘80s. This studio sequel might not have quite as much torque, but it is […]

CD Choice: Ivo Neame – Strata

(Whirlwind) In his liner notes, Neame claims he wanted to create “a unified set of pieces, but with contrasting moods and styles, so that the listener is engaged throughout.” He has certainly succeeded in that. The project suggests a dedicated band given the sort of freedom that leaders like Branford Marsalis hand out to their […]

CD Choice: Duke Special – Look Out Machines!

(Stranger Records) Duke Special is one of those unpredictable artists, whose new albums draw a breath of excited anticipation. This one is very much a follow-up in style to Oh! Pioneer, with the same creamy sounds, accessible tunes and honest lyrics celebrating friendship and asking questions. But this one goes further. Here we get a […]