Ninth album from much-admired and well-connected former country-rocker

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Joe Henry – Tiny Voices

Returning to his day job having picked up a Grammy for producing and writing on Solomon Burke’s excellent Don’t Give Up On Me comeback, Tiny Voices has an even greater concentration on mod con jazz (Ornette Coleman appeared on his last) thanks to clarinettist Don Byron’s sinuous contributions. But Henry’s original incarnation as a North Carolina pop merchant still emerges on tracks like the eye-popping “Dirty Magazines” and the fully-scoped “Animal Skin”.

Big melodies, soothing rhythms and some neat jazz jerks: Tiny Voices makes a quiet noise that’s worth investigating.