Album: Alesha, The Entertainer (Asylum/Atlantic)

Alesha may be able to dance, and she can jump through the hoops of contemporary R&B vocal cliche with some alacrity, but the mere ability to sing and dance competently is in itself no guarantee of entertainment, a quality in somewhat short supply on The Entertainer.

Album: Amiina, Puzzle, Amiinamusik

Expanded to a sextet by the addition of a drummer and an "electronic artist", the Icelandic string quartet Amiina broaden their approach on this follow-up to 2007's enchanting debut Kurr.

Curse of The Charlatans strikes again as drummer is diagnosed with brain tumour

They should have been celebrating two decades of defying the odds as one of the most enduring features of British indie rock. But instead The Charlatans, who once described themselves as "the unluckiest band in pop", announced yesterday that their drummer had been diagnosed with a brain tumour.

Album: Bill Frisell, Beautiful Dreamers, Savoy

After umpteen albums for the Nonesuch label, guitarist Frisell’s debut for Savoy continues in a familiar vein with this bucolic, plinky-plonk trio featuring Eyvind Kang on viola and drummer Rudy Royston.

Album: Anat Fort Trio, And If (ECM)

Another soft-touched ECM pianist with a liking for dreamy, indefinitesounding lyricism.

Album: Alan Moore & Mitch Jenkins, Unearthing (Lex)

Unearthing began life as a 2006 essay by Watchmen author and comics genius Alan Moore, and has now, with the help of Warp offshoot Lex, developed into "a work of psychogeography" in multi-media form, incorporating photography and a musical backing provided by alt-hip-hop duo Crook & Flail with contributions from Faith No More's Mike Patton, Mogwai's Stuart Braithwaite, Godflesh's Justin Broadrick and drummer Zach Hill.

Album: Phronesis, Alive (Edition)

Danish bassist Jasper Hoiby, whose gorgeous cheekbones decorate the cover, plays in a number of London bands but this trio with pianist Ivo Neame and US drummer Mark Guiliana (here depping for Anton Eger) is the one for which he writes, too.

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Stereophonics Stuart Cable's test results 'will take weeks'

The mystery surrounding the sudden death of former Stereophonics drummer Stuart Cable could take six weeks to resolve.

Album: Vinicius Cantuaria, Samba Carioca (Naive)

Produced once more by his New York neighbour Arto Lindsay, Brazilian singer-songwriter and guitarist Cantuaria's latest album – launched with a concert at London's Barbican on Tuesday – returns to the laid-back, drifting samba-jazz with which he made his name.

Jake Hanna: Drummer whose controlled power made him the linchpin of the Harry James and Woody Herman bands

Already established as an outstandingly gifted and versatile drummer, in 1961 Jake Hanna arrived at Harry James's house to join the James band.

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