Ian Recommends

bookJohn Berger: The Shape Of A Pocket

Further political, historical and momentist insight from Berger (who died last year at 91). Beautiful, meaningful prose. (Bloomsbury)

bookPeggy Seeger: First Time Ever

Absorbing new memoir from this deeply feeling musician from New York, transplanted to England, after meeting her soulmate, the legendary Ewan MacColl. Such a dense, colourful timepiece. (Faber & Faber)

bookDeborah Levy: The Cost Of Living

This new one from Levy is such a sit-up-and-empathise. For anyone who misses anyone, it's all here, in this, the second autobiographical book, of three. Writing, gender-politics and philosophy, all drawn up here. (Penguin)

albumTony Kofi And The Organisation: Point Blank

Exciting new music from this London saxophonist, arranger, composer. (The Last Music Company) tonykofimusic.com

albumGabriel Kahane: Book Of Travelers

A beautiful new work, based on Gabriel's conversations on a long train trip. Brooklyn's brightest star. (Nonesuch) gabrielkahane.bandcamp.com

albumSara Dowling: Two Sides Of Sara

The most authentic of all the new European jazz singers to have emerged in many years. (SD 1802) www.saradowling.co.uk

studioThe Premises Studios

Environmentally friendly with a great team and a wonderful café attached, Ian loves working at this recording studio in Hackney, London. www.premisesstudios.com

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