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Mark Murphy: the pathos is underlined all the more keenly by suave treatments that upend the expected mood of sadness in his versions of love songs.

Mark Murphy Shadows

Recorded in Slovenia over two days in June 1996, the Mark Murphy album, Shadows, was only released late last year, a rare, belated dispatch from the veteran jazz singer who Ella Fitzgerald regarded as one of the best.

  • Kenny Wheeler's valedictory: melancholy and sensual

    Kenny Wheeler Songs for Quintet

    The British jazz musician Kenny Wheeler recorded his last album, Songs for Quinitet at Abbey Road in December 2013, prior to his passing in September 2014, aged 84. The valedictory mood mixes melancholy, bluesy swing and Latin bravura.

  • A hugely accomplished debut album

    Cry Monster Cry - Rhythm of Dawn

    Dublin brothers Jamie and Richie Martin craft a spooked folk rock classic with their debut album

  • The image suggests violence but what we get is sensual delight through the hands of the oud master Anouhar Brahem.

    Anouar Brahem Souvenance

    In advance of his appearance at the National Concert Hall on April 11, savour the hypnotic secrets of Anouar Brahim's music for oud, quartet and string orchestra on this new two-CD set.

  • A warped lullaby for the weird at heart

    Ghostpoet - Shedding Skin

    Coventry-born Obaro Ejimiwe darts in and out of the darkness on his excellent third album

  • Beguiling and bittersweet: El Cuchi Bien Temperado

    Pablo 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.

  • Rumpus is another in a series of archive Tubby Hayes recordings currently being issued.

    The Tubby Hayes Big Band - Rumpus

    Waterford guitar legend Louis Stewart features on this live recording from 1969 led by Tubby Hayes, the jazz band leader who played on the scores for the films, Alfie and The Italian Job.

  • Sleater Kinney - No Cities to Love

    Back after an eight-year hiatus, Sleater Kinney lash out a ferocious and powerful statement of intent on their comeback album

  • Eithne Ní Uallacháin: a deeply sensitive interpreter of songs from the Irish tradition

    Eithne Ní Uallacháin Bilingua

    Eithne Ní Ualllacháin's untimely passing in 1999 deprived this country of one of its finest singers. Her first solo album is a brilliant legacy.

  • Hamburg '72 runs the gamut from sensual balladry to free-form histrionics and everything in between.

    Jarrett Haden Motian Hamburg '72

    Pianist Keith Jarrett, bassist Charlie Haden and drummer Paul Motian assembled at Hamburg's NDR Funkhaus on a summer's night in 1972 to perform a bold, highly explorative set, which is now the matter of a new album.

  • Larking about on a Lambretta in 1960s Warsaw - that's Roman Polanski steering.

    Jazz in Polish Cinema

    Jazz in Polish Cinema - Out of the Underground 1958-1967 features four CDs and includes the score for Roman Polanski's 1962 classic, Knife in the Water.

  • Even The Czars name suggested faded grandeur and eventual failure

    The Czars - Best of

    This excellent compilation of John Grant's first band shows early signs of his future greatness

  • Grace and Edwyn share a joke

    The Possibilities are Endless

    One Sunday evening in 2005, Scottish musician Edwyn Collins suffered a cerebral haemorrhage before falling into a coma, Beginning with interviews conducted in 2011, this strikingly original documentary traces his perilous path to recovery.

  • This blunt examination of the end of love is certainly emotionally raw

    The Coronas - The Long Way

    Danny O'Reilly picks over the end of his relationship with television presenter Laura Whitmore on this strident and angry new album from the Dublin rockers

  • Andy Warhol of lo-fi pop or puerile agent provacateur?

    Ariel Pink - Pom Pom

    Ariel Pink's fever dream of crazed influences and free-association is already one of the most divisive albums of the year. Alan Corr braves a listen