Recommendations

A Closer Listen tends to be positive in its reviews, so sometimes it’s difficult to tell what we like the most.  This page highlights the releases we have on repeat.

Will Glaser, Matthew Herd, Alex Bonney ~ Climbing in Circles Pt. 4 (Limited Noise)
It’s been so long since a jazz album has appeared here, folks may have stopped looking.  Climbing in Circles Pt. 4 prompts listeners to investigate the previous installments.  The key is the sequencing, a highly accessible beginning and end with an enthralling, experimental middle.

 

Luke Howard ~ All of Us (Mercury KX)
Luke Howard walks calmly from the ashes of a broken year, sits down at his piano, and plays.  Ben Lukas Boysen and the Budapest Art Orchestra stop by at different times and add their voices to the conversation.  We are fortunate to eavesdrop on such a lovely symphony.

Sontag Shogun & Lau Nau ~ Valo Siroutuu (Ricco Label/Beacon Sound)
The album so good it was released by two labels, Valo Siroutuu is a reminder of happier times: sun and sand, the company of loved ones, the potential of music to soothe the soul.  This island-based, inspired collaboration offers a branch of peace to a world of troubled listeners.

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