Bruce Lindsay's Best Releases Of 2013
Why are they all so wonderful? Signs took me through every emotion I possess in barely an hourlots of them involved smiling and feeling generally quite well-disposed. A South Asian Suite made me danceno easy task. Wedding Music and Don't Overthink It proved that improvisation through co-operation is a marvellous thing. Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead and All Hands On Deck showed in their very different ways that the old days aren't just for reminiscence and nostalgia while Something's Coming demonstrated the sheer delight to be had from the sound of a big band.
Liquid Spirit re-affirmed its maker's talents and The Poet's Embrace was a joyous celebration of past masters and past technologies. As for A Beautiful Friendship... Well, these records are presented in no particular order, but this stylishly-packaged four-track vinyl 12" was my Record Of The Year.
(Fast Awake Records)
A South Asian Suite
Kit Downes and Tomas Challenger
(Blue Note Records)
The Poet's Embrace
A Beautiful Friendship
All Hands On Deck
(Champs Hill Records)
Corey Mwamba, Dave Kane, Joshua Blackmore
Don't Overthink It
New Departures Jazz Poetry Septet
Blues For The Hitchhiking Dead
Callum Au Big Band