Music Choice: Quercus – Nightfall

Music Choice: Quercus – Nightfall

(ECM) Several years on, this jazz-folk trio has done it again, creating another serene and sombre set of songs from traditional tunes to contemporary classics. Circling around the eminent, smoky vocal of June Tabor – who has long outgrown her folky roots to become an icon of downbeat interpretation – are her long-time pianist/ musical […]

Music Choice: Nell Bryden – Bloom

Music Choice: Nell Bryden – Bloom

(157 Records) Listening to this album, you might think that Bryden had just gone through a painful split (“I’m taking it back, everything you stole from me”) but, recently married and pregnant, she is actually drawing on past emotions and other people’s stories. So when she sings, “In the morning, I’m going to wake up […]

Music Choice: Steve Hackett – The Night Siren

Music Choice: Steve Hackett – The Night Siren

(Inside Out) There seem to be three types of Steve Hackett release: the fluid almost-Genesis music, majoring on emotional guitar work; the classical and acoustic material, often played with his brother John on flute; and the eclectic albums that seem to collect whatever is going on at the time. The Night Siren is one of […]