Sinikka Langeland’s mix of Norwegian folk, jazz and poetry

Yet another gem emerged from the cornucopia of ECM Records last month – The half-finished heaven, the fourth album that Sinikka Langeland, the kantele player, singer and composer from Norway has recorded for Manfred Eicher’s label. It’s a gorgeous record from an artist I first encountered in 2006, when she released her first ECM recording, Starflowers.  Like … Continue reading Sinikka Langeland’s mix of Norwegian folk, jazz and poetry

Coltrane’s A Love Supreme 50 years on: symbol of black pride

This week marks the 50th anniversary of the release of John Coltrane’s album, A Love Supreme, ‘easily one of the most important records ever made’, in the estimation of Sam Samuelson at AllMusic. A Love Supreme was recorded by John Coltrane’s quartet on 9 December 1964 and is generally considered to be Coltrane’s greatest work. The story … Continue reading Coltrane’s A Love Supreme 50 years on: symbol of black pride

Down to the Dee shore once more: what we need is here

Another walk in one of our favourite places – the Dee shore at Thurstaston.  So close to the city, yet walking the river’s edge here felt far from the mad spending frenzy of the year’s busiest shopping day. Wild and windswept today, but with with everything sharply illuminated by shafts of brilliant low winter sun. Clouds raced overhead, … Continue reading Down to the Dee shore once more: what we need is here