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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 most p

Monteverdi: Vespri Solenni per La Festa di San Marco review a real treat

Concerto Italiano/Alessandrini(Naive, CD & DVD)When Monteverdi moved from Mantua to Venice in 1613, to become maestro di cappella at St Mark's, he set about raising musical standards in the choir of which he took charge. The Selva Morale e Spirituale, pub

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 angry

Lieberson: Piano Concerto No 3; Viola Concerto review taut and compelling

Beck/Diaz/Odense SO/Yoo(Bridge)Peter Lieberson's first orchestral work was a piano concerto, and it was that magnificent, hugely ambitious score, based upon the Buddhist principles of Heaven, Earth, Man, that made his international reputation in the 80s.

Tommy Andrews: The Crux review free-flowing, idiom-mingling debut

(Jellymould)Former Guildhall School saxophonist Tommy Andrews is only 25, but he's performed with the BBC Big Band, worked with Howard Goodall, and played sessions on The X Factor and with pop group McFly. All seven pieces here as different as the spacio

Noel Langley: Edentide review an open-minded master's solo debut

(Suntara)Noel Langley, the virtuoso crossover trumpeter, has played with stars Radiohead, Massive Attack and Adele to Michael Nyman and Graham Fitkin, and he's also a Loose Tubes member. As a jazz player, he has something of Kenny Wheeler's patient audaci

Pulcinella: Bestiole review wild but immaculately played jazz

(Yellowbird/Enja)Pulcinella are a variously hectic, painterly and atmospheric accordion- and sax-led quartet, and on this irrepressible set, they are augmented by trombone and mandolin. Bestiole suggests a kind of Gallic Led Bib, as fairground-roundabout

Tord Gustavsen Quartet: Extended Circles – review

Norwegian pianist Tord Gustavsen's quartet sounded discreetly funkier than formerly on their 2012 album, The Well, and another veil of that discretion is peeled off with Extended Circles – a delicious collage of hypnotic grooving, softly stroked gospel

A book for the beach: I Put a Spell on You by John Burnside

This is a book that will change you and your understanding of life and do so without taking up too much of your holiday timeThe requirement for summer reading used to be a vast, compelling book. Something to lose yourself in. Tolstoy, Conrad, Dostoevsky o

Leviathan review Moby-Dick with too much visual blubber

LondonLiving Structure's immersive staging of Melville's whale of a novel has lots of style, but little theatrical substance The walk-through whale making waves in a Hackney warehouseNot since a musical version of Moby-Dick, set in a school swimming pool,