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Austin John Marshall, record producer, folk-revival ideas man, lyricist and songwriter, performance poet and muralist, created, nurtured or acted as cultural midwife to many strands of art. His fingerprints are all over Shirley Collins & Davy Graham's folk roots, new routes, Shirley & Dolly Collins' magnum opus Anthems in Eden, Ultravox!'s pre-Midge Ure incarnation Tiger Lily and English songwriter Steve Ashley's groundbreaking Stroll On. He also contributed footage to Peter Neal's Jimi Hendrix film Rainbow Bridge (1972) and to the Incredible String Band's film Be Glad for the Song Has No Ending (1970).

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This box-set collects pianist Mehldau's five albums with Larry Grenadier on bass and Jorge Rossy on drums, plus five unreleased Village Vanguard tracks.

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A collaborative effort between the Oxfordshire singer-songwriter Gilmore and the hitherto-unscored lyrics of her long-dead Northamptonshire equivalent, Sandy Denny.

Album: Jonathan Wilson, Gentle Spirit (Bella Union)

Much will depend on what the words "Laurel Canyon" mean to you. For this is an updating of the late-'60s model of golden, folk-inflected pop so associated with that storied gulch. And a world already saturated with Fleet Foxes and Bon Iver is primed. Wilson's music is meditative, quiet, stretched. The melodies barely move, sung by a voice as soft as mousse, while tempos seldom stir above a flip-flopped stroll. Themes? Well, here are some titles: "Canyon in the Rain", "Ballad of the Pines", "Magic Everywhere", "Woe is Me". And can that be an authentic mellotron we hear on "Waters Down"? There is always a temptation with these things to play the reference game – "CS&N meet Quicksilver over veggie cutlets round at Neil's" – but that might be a way of avoiding a higher truth, which is that Gentle Spirit is impressively inert.

Album: Smokey Robinson, Smokin' (Tamla / Hip-O Select)

This is the debut UK release for a 1978 live recording, which is Volume 5 in a top, top survey of the King of Motown's solo career.

Album: Marius Neset, Golden Xplosion (Edition)

Norwegian tenor and soprano player Neset has produced a stonking debut demonstrating a fully formed musical personality over 11 original compositions.

Album: Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat, Everything's Getting Older (Chemikal Underground)

The scarily rendered "future portraits" of Bill Wells and Aidan Moffat on the sleeve signal the unflinching nature of the latter's reflections on ageing, underscored by Wells's wistful piano progressions, allied to lachrymose cello.

Album: Drive-By Truckers, Go-Go Boots (Pias)

The "Soul & Country Murder Ballad" album to The Big To-Do's rock blast – and who's to say that the Truckers don't sound better when allowing their mojo a little quiet time?

Album: Drive-By-Truckers, Go-Go Boots (Play It Again Sam)

Go-Go Boots is the promised "R&B Murder Ballad Album" recorded concurrently with last year's The Big To-Do, and it's every bit as good as that description suggests.

Album: Anonymous 4, The Cherry Tree: Songs, Carols & Ballads for Christmas (Harmonia Mundi)

Their name might be derived from a musicological reference to a 13th-century musical theorist, but Anonymous 4 could easily serve as an indication of how seamlessly the four womens' voices blend together in these acappella arrangements of 15th-century carols.

Album: Gilad Atzmon, The Tide Has Changed (World Village)

With an artist as fecund as Atzmon you learn that some you win, some you lose.

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