Metal Hammer’s 100 Best Albums of 2017 – 100 to 96

So, my mammoth listen-through of Metal Hammer’s top 100 albums of 2017 begins. My ears have been subjected to 2,275 different artists, according to Last.fm, but I have not heard of any of the first ten bands. Embarrassing. Still, this is the point of doing this, so here we go. Who is at number 100? [...]

Mama

I know it's not fashionable to prefer the Phil Collin's era of Genesis over Peter Gabriel, but there's just something about the poppier approach. I like it. I like it a lot. My favourite Genesis track is this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huXh3M7bCs4 This is a great track by any standards.

Georgia On My Mind

I have recently moved from playing cornet to Flugel, and I'm loving it! It's a lovely instrument to play with a gorgeous tone (when played properly) and it's great to be playing from a soloist's seat again. Here's me playing Georgia On My Mind at a recent event in Corby Glen with my band Carlton [...]

Maynard Ferguson Legacy Big Band

Maynard Ferguson Legacy Big Band, a photo by rutty on Flickr. This weekend saw me spend 48 hours or so in the most bracing part of England - Skegness for my favourite brass band event of the year, the Butlin's Mineworkers Championships. Thousands of brass banders managed to get there despite the atrocious weather conditions. [...]

Coast

No, not the BBC/OU programme about the UK coastline but an excellent track from the wonderful Devin Townsend. I seem to have missed a few albums recently. I need to catch up - the guy is one of the Metal world's best kept secrets