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Richard Thompson, Acoustic Classics, review

Acoustic Classics, a collection of newly recorded Richard Thompson songs, features 14 tracks culled from four decades in music.

Martin Chilton | The Telegraph

King Creosote - 'From Scotland With Love'

Scottish folk musician follows Jon Hopkins collaboration with more traditional songs.

Ben Hewitt | NME

Jerry Dammers’ Spatial A.K.A. Orchestra (and Reggae Ensemble), Barbican, London

Dammers and his ensemble – which included top British jazz names – paid epic tribute to bandleader Sun Ra and Jamaican roots music.

Financial Times | Mike Hobart

Jerry Dammers's Spatial AKA Orchestra (and Reggae Ensemble) review profound, ecstatic and moving

Barbican, LondonDammers melds Sun Ra's musical legacy with ska, Dixieland jazz and Jamaican pop in a majestic four-hour showWhile the Specials have latterly reunited without founder Jerry Dammers for a series of tours, their former leader has been...

Stevie Chick | The Guardian

Conor Oberst review contemporary Americana's dark heart

ABC, GlasgowThe one-time poster boy for angsty, lo-fi indie rock has matured emotionally, tracing an arc from depression to romanceEven if Conor Oberst has vacated his Bright Eyes alter-ego for the foreseeable, the Nebraskan remains uniquely entrenched...

Malcolm Jack | The Guardian

From Scotland With Love review King Creosote's unsentimental history

If you've spent recent weeks gagging on cloying sports montage music, here's an uplifting alternative.

Ally Carnwath | The Guardian

Five review wonderfully clever improvisation from Kirk Knuffke and Jesse Stacken

(SteepleChase)It's difficult to imagine two jazz composers more unalike than Bill Evans and Carla Bley one soft and delicate, the other all hard outlines and sharp angles. But these two musicians manage to get inside half a dozen pieces by each with...

Dave Gelly | The Guardian

BBC Proms, Royal Albert Hall, London

An opening night of cool control amid oppressive heat, a second of crowd-pleasing from the China Philharmonic Orchestra

Financial Times | Richard Fairman

Tiken Jah Fakoly: Dernier Appel review fine songs, disappointing production

(Wrasse)Tiken Jah Fakoly is one of Africa's great singer-songwriters. He's massively popular in Mali, where he lives after moving from the Ivory Coast, and in France, and he has helped to revive the African reggae scene with his sturdy singing and...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian

Djivan Gasparyan: I Will Not Be Sad In This World/Moon Shines At Night review haunting instrumentals

(All Saints)Djivan Gasparyan is one of the world's most distinctive, haunting instrumentalists. He's a master of the oboe-like duduk, made of apricot wood and traditionally played by shepherds in his native Armenia, with which he creates surely the...

Robin Denselow | The Guardian