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Mark Murphy Shadows
Recorded in Slovenia over two days in June 1996, the Mark Murphy album, Shadows was only released late last year, a belated dispatch from the veteran jazz singer who Ella Fitzgerald regarded as one of the best. Murphy has an incredible ability to sing songs that have an inherent pathos – songs like If I Should Lose You - in a jaunty mood, turning the song on its head. Classic, intelligent jazz of the highest order. PK
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Kenny Wheeler Songs for Quintet
The British jazz musician Kenny Wheeler recorded his last album, Songs for Qunitet at Abbey Road in December 2013, prior to his sad passing in September 2014, aged 84. The mood on this final recording mixes melancholy, bluesy swing and Latin bravura. The record features colourful and versatile accompaniment from Stan Sulzmann on sprightly, warm tenor sax, John Parricelli on splendidly vocal guitar, Chris Laurence on woody double bass, and very fine drums from Martin France. PK
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Cry Monster Cry: Rhythm of Dawn
With a name inspired by a shared childhood fascination with Grimm’s Fairytales, Dublin brothers Richie and Jamie Martin create a sense of wonder and mystery all their own on this hugely accomplished debut album.
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As the title suggests, the album charts the journey from night to morning and from dark to light. Cry Monster Cry create moods of contemplative stillness, tension and tumult and this quietly assured debut marks out a real new talent. **** Alan Corr
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Anouar Brahem Souvenance
In advance of his appearance at the National Concert Hall on April 11, savour the hypnotic secrets of Anouar Brahem’s music for oud, quartet and string orchestra on this new 2-CD set. The great Tunisian master is accompanied by François Cotourier on piano, Klaus Gesing on bass clarinet and Björn Meyer on bass. Also on board are the Orchestra della Svizzera Italiana conducted by Pietro Mianiti. Gorgeous and sensual. P Kehoe
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Márquez El Cuchi Bien Temperado
This is a truly delightful solo guitar record which RTÉ lyric Fm’s fabulous nightly programme The Blue of the Night has been playing tracks from regularly in recent weeks. On El Cuchi Bien Temporado: music by Gustavo Leguizamón, guitarist Pablo Márquez tackles the bittersweet compositions of the celebrated Argentinian composer Gustavo “ Cuchi” Leguizamón (1917-2000), the composer, guitarist and poet. Beguiling. PK
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