Michael Garrick & Jazz Britannia Orchestra (with Norma Winstone) - Children of Time

Jazz Academy|JAZA12|***
Michael Garrick (p, comp), Norma Winstone (v), Martin Shaw, Steve Waterman, Mark Armstrong, Gabriel Garrick (t), Mark da Silva, Alistair White, Dave Eaglestone (tb), Martin Hathaway (as, cl), Matt Wates (as, ss), Bob McKay (bs, bcl), Jamie Anderson (ts), Mick Foster (ts, cl), Dominic Ashworth (g), Paul Moylan (b) and Alan Jackson (d). Rec. April-May 2005

Miles Davi - The Cellar Door Sessions 1970 (Box Set)

Miles Davis (t), Gary Bartz (as, ss), Keith Jarrett (el p, org), Michael Henderson (b), John McLaughlin (g), Jack DeJohnette (d) and Airto Moreira (perc, CDs 2, 6 only). Rec. 1970

This is the eighth Davis box set, and comes up to the remarkably high standards of the previous sets in terms of packaging (albeit no trade mark metal spine), liner notes (Bob Belden and Adam Holzman with additional essays by all the six sidemen above who played with Davis on these historic sessions) and the music, a good representation of dynamic, at times exciting and highly creative jazz-rock featuring Keith Jarrett on electric keyboards and Jack DeJohnette on drums.

Herbie Hancock | The New Standard

When this album came out, I was amazed that critics failed to rave over it. Part of the reason may have been the choice of repertoire - songs by the likes of the Beatles, Steely Dan, Peter Gabriel, Paul Simon, Prince and so on - which makes this one of the earliest examples (along with Yuri Honing in Holland) of a jazz musician in contemporary times (which is to say post 1990) turning to songs from popular culture as a basis for jazz improvisation.   

Diana Krall - Christmas Songs

Verve ****
Most of this album is freshly recorded, but there are two of the three tracks from the Christmas "single" CD Krall did back in 1998 (‘Jingle Bells’, also on that disc, has been re-made here with big-band accompaniment from the Clayton/Hamilton Jazz Orchestra).

Julia Biel - Not Alone

Rokit|RKT 010|****
Julia Biel (v), Jonny Phillips (g), Idris Rahman (fl, cl, bcl), Dan Hewson, Dorian Ford (kys), Ben Davis (clo), Tom Herbert (b), Sebastian Rochford (d) and Adriano Adewale Itauna (perc). Rec. 2004

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