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Claire Martin

Claire Martin

The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin, has won Best Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards on six separate occasions and was awarded an O.B.E. in 2011.



Time & Place
Time & Place
Claire and the Montpellier Cello Quartet create a magical sound fusion of jazz-chamber music. 

AKD 423

Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
Super Audio Collection Vol. 7
The seventh volume in the perpetually popular Linn Collection series. 

AKP 459  

24-bits of Christmas
24-bits of Christmas
Our fantastic 24-bits of Christmas collection 2013. 

MIX XMAS2013  

Say It Isn't So
Say It Isn't So
‘Say It Isn't So' is a joyful celebration of the songs of Irving Berlin and of a unique partnership. 

AKD 454  

Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn 40th Anniversary Collection
Linn celebrates its 40th anniversary with a limited edition collection bursting with stand-out music 

AKD 425  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
The Super Audio Collection Volume 6
Includes premiere recordings, memorable debuts and new takes on popular repertoire. 

AKP 408  

Too Much in Love to Care
Too Much in Love to Care
An album of Great American Songbook classics named 'Best New Album' at the 2013 British Jazz Awards. 

AKD 390  

Too Darn Hot!
Too Darn Hot!
Claire Martin concentrates on her core jazz-based strengths. 

AKD 394  

Secret Love
Secret Love
Claire celebrates her jazz roots with a splendid line-up of some of Britain’s top jazz talents. 

AKD 391  

He never mentioned love
He never mentioned love
The UK’s finest jazz singer recalls the songs and spirit of the late and legendary Shirley Horn 

AKD 393  

When Lights Are Low
When Lights Are Low
The eleventh studio album by the 'Madonna of British Jazz'. 

AKD 392  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 5 Sampler
An impressive new collection showcasing the best of Linn Record's artists. 

AKP 389  

Witchcraft
Witchcraft
A dynamic collaboration between Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett. 

AKD 359  

The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The Super Audio Collection Volume 4 sampler
The fourth volume in Linn's popular sampler series. A mouth-watering selection of 2008-09 tracks. 

AKP 357  

A Modern Art
A Modern Art
Britain's leading female jazz singer Claire Martin returns with a new studio album 

AKD 340  

The Early Years Anthology
The Early Years Anthology
Multi-award winning singer Claire Martin's first four albums in a new boxed set 

AKD 317  

Perfect Alibi
Perfect Alibi
Claire Martin's seventh Linn Records release, featuring John Martyn. 

BKD 316  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 3 sampler
a stunning new collection of demonstration quality tracks that showcase our artists at their best 

AKP 305  

Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
Super Audio Surround Collection Vol 2 sampler
The second disc in the highly popular SACD sampler series. A great overview of the best of Linn. 

AKP 284  

Girl Talk
Girl Talk
Britain's best dressed divas sing Bacharach, Sondheim and Tamla Motown. 

AKD 279  

Girl Talk
Girl Talk
Britain's best dressed divas sing Bacharach, Sondheim and Tamla Motown. 

AKD 274  

Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
Linn 'Selektions' The Surround Sound sampler
A superb collection of tracks from Linn's Super Audio CD catalogue. 

AKP 245  

The Very Best Of Claire Martin - Every Now and Then
The Very Best Of Claire Martin - Every Now and Then
The best tracks selected from Claire Martin's first seven albums for Linn Records. 

AKD 177  

Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records Sampler
Linn Records sampler with highlights from the Jazz, Classical and Scottish catalogue. 

AKP 175  

Stepping Stones
Stepping Stones
A compilation drawn from eight Linn Records Martin Taylor albums. 

AKD 144  

Take My Heart
Take My Heart
A rare, and brilliant, side-step from her traditional jazz roots. 

AKD 093  

Celebrating Grappelli
Celebrating Grappelli
A classic collaboration with the late and legendary Stephane Grappelli. 

AKD 094  

Make This City Ours
Make This City Ours
The album which led to a BBC Jazz Award - Best Vocalist for Claire Martin in 1997. 

AKD 066  

offBEAT
offBEAT
The multi-award winning vocalist recorded live at Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club. 

AKD 046  

The Full Flavour
The Full Flavour
Vegas-style Rat Pack Swing at its very best. Features Claire Martin as a guest vocalist. 

AKD 034  

Old Boyfriends
Old Boyfriends
Released in the year that Claire received the Rising Star Award at the British Jazz Awards. 

AKD 028  

Devil May Care
Devil May Care
An early gem from the now-established 'First Lady' of UK jazz. 

AKD 021  

The Waiting Game
The Waiting Game
The debut album, chosen by The Times as one of its 'Records of the Year'. 

AKD 018  

Claire Martin, O.B.E. 

Linn recording artist and BBC Radio 3 presenter Claire Martin has spent the last 27 years honing the craft of jazz singing.  To worldwide critical acclaim she has established herself as a tour de force on the UK jazz scene gaining many awards, including winning the British Jazz Awards seven times, along the way.  

Thanks to her jazz-loving parents, Claire grew up in a household full of great music.  She became a professional singer at 19 and two years later she realised her dream of singing at Ronnie Scott's legendary jazz club in Soho.  Signed to Linn Records in 1991, Claire has since released 17 CDs with the label, collaborating with musical luminaries including Martin Taylor, John Martyn, Stephane Grappelli, Mark Nightingale, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Jim Mullen and Nigel Hitchcock on many of these recordings. 

Claire has performed all over Europe and Asia with her trio and, until his death in 2012, with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett in an intimate cabaret duo setting both in England and in America where they played to sell out crowds at venues including the prestigious Algonquin Hotel in New York City.  Claire is also a featured soloist with the Halle Orchestra, the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra, the RTE Concert Orchestra, the BBC Big Band and the BBC Concert Orchestra.  She has co-presented BBC Radio 3's Jazz Line Up since 2000 and has interviewed many of her musical heroes such as Pat Metheny, the late Michael Brecker, Brad Mehldau and Andre Previn.  Her 2009 CD 'A Modern Art' prompted Jazz Times USA to claim: 'She ranks among the four or five finest female jazz vocalists on the planet'.   

Claire was thrilled to win both the 2009 and 2010 ‘Best Vocalist' category at the British Jazz Awards and toured extensively throughout the UK, Scandinavia, Russia and China, appearing with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic and her world-class trio. 2011 proved to be an extraordinary year for Claire who made her debut at the Lincoln Center in New York with pianist Bill Charlap and went on to perform for the third time at the famous Algonquin Hotel for a three week residency with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.  Their CD 'Witchcraft' gained much critical acclaim and was "unequivocally recommended" by Jazzwise magazine. At the Queen's Birthday Honours in June, Claire was delighted to be awarded an OBE for her Services to Jazz.    

In August 2011 Claire recorded with legendary jazz pianist Kenny Barron and an all-star American line up for her fifteenth album for Linn records. 'Too Much in Love to Care' received 5 star reviews and prompted Jazz Journal to state that she is 'one of the finest jazz singers in the world today'.  The album went on to win the ‘Best New Recording' award at the 2012 British Jazz Awards.  2013 was spent touring the new material in the UK and Europe and embarking on a new show The Two of Us with conductor John Wilson, Joe Stilgoe, Mark McGann and the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic, celebrating the music of Paul McCartney and John Lennon.    

Claire has recently embarked on a new and unique musical adventure with The Montpellier Cello Quartet.  With new arrangements especially written for her by Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Mark Anthony Turnage and Django Bates, this new chamber jazz ensemble will be touring this September to promote a new album on Linn Records called ‘Time and Place' which features  singer/pianist Joe Stilgoe who has become Claire's new cabaret partner.  A highlight for this duo with Joe was a sell out performance at the Wigmore Hall in December where they celebrated the songs of Paris.  

Claire lives in Brighton with her husband and her daughter Amelia.



 


For further information - www.clairemartinjazz.co.uk
British Jazz Award Win
11 July 2013
Claire Martin wins for 'Too Much in Love to Care'
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Claire Martin at Ronnie Scotts
30 April 2013
two live performances in London announced
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Claire Martin - British Jazz Award Nomination
19 April 2013
British Jazz Awards 2013 - Nominees announced
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New York State of Mind
25 April 2012
Claire Martin talks about recording her new album
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Claire Martin's upcoming album!
20 February 2012
New album from Claire Martin in April.
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Claire Martin BBC Music Magazine Inverview
01 September 2011
The jazz singer on appearing in her first Prom and why there should be a Big Band in every jazz club in the country.
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Claire Martin appointed an O.B.E.
13 June 2011
Birthday Honours List accolade
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Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett on Tour 2011
11 May 2011
Spellbinding Jazz on Tour
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Listen to Claire Martin on BBC Radio Ulster's Jazz Club
17 March 2011
An exciting interview with Claire and Richard Rodney Bennett
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'Best Vocalist', Claire Martin, set for a magical New Year...
16 December 2010
The release of 'Witchcraft' follows success in the British Jazz Awards
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Linn artists listed in 1001 Best Albums
15 December 2010
in the latest ‘Penguin Guide to Jazz’
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Claire Martin performs intimate gig in St Petersburg
16 November 2010
...a look behind the scenes
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Claire Martin at the CBSO Centre
07 October 2010
singer set to wow Birmingham on 5th November
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Claire Martin live at London’s spectacular Bloomsbury Ballroom
01 September 2010
Don't miss this fantastic concert!
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Don't miss Claire and Sir Richard at the Pheasantry...
29 June 2010
Four nights with the fantastic duo
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Claire Martin on jamming, John Martyn and her unusual choice of repertoire
14 June 2010
From covering Status Quo to chatting to Paul McCartney, Claire talks about her varied career...
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Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett announce new dates
08 June 2010
Critically-acclaimed show is brought to London!
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Claire Martin sings from The Great American Songbook
09 April 2010
Claire swings it alongside Paolo Nutini and Melody Gardot...
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Record Collector's 'Best of 2009' announced
17 December 2009
Shock! and A Modern Art amongst top releases
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Success at the British Jazz Awards 2009!
18 November 2009
Claire Martin triumphs as Best Vocalist
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Claire Martin on 'A Modern Art'
05 October 2009
Claire talks jazz and "celebrititis" with Jane Garvey on Woman's Hour
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Claire Martin Live in the UK
09 September 2009
Book now to see Claire Martin live
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Claire Martin talks to Jazzwise
21 August 2009
...about "A Modern Art"
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Claire Martin news from the studio
15 April 2009
"A Modern Art" preview
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Claire Martin - Best of 2008 Jazz in Audiophile Audition
28 January 2009
Remastered album awarded in year list.
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Concert dates and BBC performances for Claire Martin
19 January 2009
Jazz singer starts 2009 with tour and broadcasts.
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Jazz Times
'One of the most delightful collaborations in vocal jazz
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The Observer
'...her singing here is a constant delight.'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
‘...every one of the 12 songs strikes vocal jazz gold...’
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The Sunday Times
‘The composer’s studio collaborations with Claire Martin turned out to be just as compelling…Martin’s readings of How Deep Is The Ocean and What’ll I Do? touch rare depths.’
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Jersey Jazz
'Martin has a distinctive, rich and sensual voice that lends a special flavor to anything she chooses to sing. Barron is an accompanist supreme, finding just the right notes to enhance Martin's vocalizing.'
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Ultra Audio
4½ Stars
Recording of the Month: 'In some tunes it's just Martin and Barron, voice and piano working hand in glove to create some amazingly intimate moments.'
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The Jazz Times
'Martin, who has always cited Ella Fitzgerald and Shirley Horn as major influences, can rightfully claim a place at their table.'
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The Guardian
Live Review:'...she's a relaxed, funny and charismatic occupant of a spotlight's beam.'
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In Tune International
'...this must rate as one of Claire's best albums.'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
'From the stylistic, “cool” jazz of the quartet to the assured, versatile singing, all of the pieces fit intuitively.'
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Jazz History Online
One of the Best Albums of 2012: 'heartfelt delivery'
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
'This is her album, and her vocal chemistry is felt in the way she engages with every one of the 13 songs.'
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Winnipeg Free Press
4 Stars
'Martin is a great, expressive singer who makes these standards shine...'
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Record Collector
4 Stars
'...Claire Martin returns with what is unequivocally one of the year's outstanding jazz vocal sets.'
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Jazz Journal
5 Stars
'This is an outstanding album from one of the finest jazz singers in the world today.'
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Jazz FM 'The Yamaha Sunday Jazz Jam
'One of her best albums ever.'


Jazz Rag
'[Claire]'s malleable voice, jazz instinctiveness and interpretative powers...'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
'...gorgeous tone, faultless pitch, exquisite phrasing...'
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The Daily Telegraph
4 Stars
'Martin's voice has a warmly seductive edge...'
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The Observer
4 Stars
'...[Claire] has never sounded better.'
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Financial Times
'...the delivery is immaculate.'
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LondonJazz
...an unalloyed treat from start to finish.
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Remote Goat Blog
Live Review: '...a swell time had been had by all.'
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Bewdley Festival
'The vocal star was Claire, and she charmed everyone with her wonderful delivery.'
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The International Review of Music
'A versatile performer with the capacity to find the inner life of whatever she sings.'


Yorkshire Post
'...a team to treasure.'
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Next Magazine
'...Martin is a wonderful interpreter who's perfectly paired with Bennett...'
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Sound Stage Experience
4½ Stars
'...this disc proves she has arrived as an impeccable master artist and one of the greatest living voices in jazz.'
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Home Theater Sound
5 Stars
"...their partnership has created a rare and special collaboration where the superlative product is truly more than the sum of its parts."
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Cabaret Scenes
'Both performers have flair for phrasing. Arrangements are refined and interesting.'
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Jazz Times
'When Britain's foremost jazz singer meets the island's most imaginative composer, the outcome is always stellar.'
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The New York Observer
'...sung to perfection by England's best young jazz singer, Claire Martin.'
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The Wall Street Journal
'The result is a kind of perfection...'
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New York Times
'...Martin, whose renditions...revealed the heart of a saloon torch beating inside the chipper jazz playmate.'
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In Tune International
'...perfect combination of singer and pianist...'
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MusicWeb International
"The collaboration between Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett works superbly."
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Record Collector
4 Stars
"The blend is attractive and oddly harmonious."
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The Walman Report / Culinary Gourmet
'Martin is a seasoned vocalist/performer and the end result is uniquely original.'
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Jersey Jazz
"...an album that is a sheer delight from start to finish."
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The Irish Times
"...plenty of wit and wordplay for the duo to savour, Martin is impeccable..."
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BBC Music Magazine
'...near-perfect match of singer and accompanist...'
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The Yorkshire Post
"Here's a lovely record...Martin is excellent throughout"
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Theater Mania
"...her smokey voice caresses the composer's melodies."
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The Observer
"...touching, clever, beautifully poised and deceptively casual-sounding."
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The Times
4 Stars
'Martin's jazz virtuosity adds another dimension. When her honeyed timbre slips into the lower register she captures the romance of a Ben Webster tenor solo.'
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O's Place Jazz Magazine
'It is a pleasure to listen to!'
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LondonJazz
'Claire Martin, both in the duo setting and in front of the chamber group made each song, each moment come to life.'
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North London News
'...a tempting mélange of the familiar and the under-visited...'
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The Independent
it was party time...bravo
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The Scotsman
"Martin's beautifully delivered interpretations are spot-on whatever the mood of the song..."
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Scotland on Sunday
4 Stars
"...a joy to hear."
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London Jazz
'...her intimate, deceptively unfussy vocal style perfectly complemented by his flawlessly eloquent piano.'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
'...every one is a small gem.'
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Jazz Journal
'...the result is one timeless version of a song after another...Unequivocally recommended.'
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Jazzman
"... son chaleureux et atmosphère lounge."
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The Jazz Breakfast
"A life-affirming evening of sophisticated modern art."
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Record Collector
4 Stars
"...Martin tackles the jazz vocal idiom with aplomb."
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Jazz Times
You'll be hard pressed to do better than her latest release
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Jazz Magazine
'La Londonienne Claire Martin fait l'unanimité des amateurs de jazz vocal de les plus tâtillons...'
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Music-Web International
"...an interesting digression in her musical journey."
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allaboutjazz.com
"A Modern Art is a gem."
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The Jazz Rag
Claire "at her most expressive"
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hifi.nl
"Fijne jazz met gelukkig een audiofiele tint! Een aanrader, nee, verplichte kost voor liefhebbers!"
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"...this time it's personal..."
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"...very highly recommended!"
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In Tune International
"...assured, imaginative and irresistible..."
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allgigs.co.uk
"The verdict? Super collection."
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thejazzmann.com
4 Stars
"'A Modern Art' might just be her best album yet."
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Jazz Journal
"lovers of superior jazz singing should acquire without delay."
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The Vortex
"Quite simply a cracker of an album."
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SoundStage.com
4 Stars
"In every song you can hear the singer's joy of creation and delight in performance."
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Mojo
4 Stars
"...there’s no way she could come up with anything less than quality"
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The Observer
"Her warm, natural style is complemented by the cream of today's British jazz scene."
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Record Collector (Easy Listening)
5 Stars
"An album that keep you on your toes."
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muszeroldal.hu
"Claire Martin a BBC/British Jazz Awards ötszörös gyoztese..."
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Record Collector
4 Stars
"[Claire Martin's] in scintillating form..."
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
"Martin's delivery is artful across the genres."
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The Times
"...utterly assured."
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UKVibe.org
4 Stars
"'A Modern Art' seems set to be her most [album] successful to date."
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The Jazz Breakfast
"This is, I think, the best one yet."
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Soul and Jazz and Funk
"an intriguing mix of brand new material"
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Scotland on Sunday
"Her eight-piece band is funky and certainly swings."
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Sunday Times
4 Stars
"The most gifted jazz singer this country has produced in 20 years..."
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The Guardian
a consummate jazz singer with old-school virtues
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Time Out
4 Stars
... her finest album to date
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
"...she is still a cut above the competition..."
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Irish Times
4 Stars
"Claire Martin has such class and authority..."
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Northern Echo (Jazz Notes)
"...must go straight into the best of 2009 list. It is a stunning tribute to an outstanding jazz singer..."
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London Evening Standard
4 Stars
Claire Martin always delivers the goods
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BBC online
Claire's voice starts silky and breathy and expands to gospel proportions
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Venue Magazine
"Few vocalists have managed the unbroken success of Claire Martin..."
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Greater Manchester City Life
4 Stars
"the singer herself is the incarnation of sass and vivacity"
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Metro
"beautifully delivered with trademark cool-school virtuosity by Martin."
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
"Claire Martin is really very good"
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StereoMojo
"Curl up somewhere comfy then play this CD."
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The New York Observer
"Her appearances in New York are rare. Don't even think about missing this one."
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Muszeroldal
The Hungarian publication reviews the Claire Martin box set...
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
Martin was mesmerizing...she consistently sparkles
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New York Times
"Ms. Martin's subtle, beautifully acted interpretations give them [the songs] their due. "
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New York Times
beautifully acted interpretations
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Cabaret Scenes
"Claire Martin is one of the best jazz interpreters around."
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EDP24
There are singers - and then there are singers
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Jazz.com
5 Stars
her voice carries the unmistakable smokiness of June Christy
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Hi-Fi i Muzyka
5 Stars
"W przypadku tej wykonawczyni nie moglo byc inaczej."
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The Jazz Rag
"Well, I've been well and truly Claire Martinned - and it's a good thing to be, I can tell you."
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The Times
together they make a stylish combination
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The Stage
A relaxed duo offering up a delightful selection of songs
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Coda
Claire Martin has long been recognized as perhaps Britain's leading jazz singer.
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Northern Echo
Very attractive package...
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High Fidelity
“lyden er superb og matcher meget godt den ligeledes høje musikalske kvalitet”
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AudioVideoHD.com
La excelente vocalista de jazz "Claire Martin" se ha convertido en un auténtico icono del prestigioso sello escocés "Linn Records".
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
That rarest of things: a singer who actually lives up to the extravagant claims made on their behalf.
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Yorkshire Post
Not just one of the best jazz singers in Britain, she's one of the best anywhere.
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Yorkshire Post
You can't have too much of a good thing.
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Sunday Post
...a treat.
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BBC Website
[a] stonking 4-CD set
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
Many of the songs are delivered with a jazzy twist and her trademark smoky-sweet voice.
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Manchester Evening News
4 Stars
A model lesson in how to nurture conspicuous talent over time.
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Atlantic Audio Society
An impressive singer, Claire Martin...
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The Guardian
4 Stars
this long-standing local class act continues to grow
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Jazz Review
In short: a gem of an album, pulling off the difficult feat of simultaneously showcasing Martin's unrivalled vocal gifts and celebrating the extraordinarily moving quality of Horn's music. Strongly recommended.
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The Jazz Rag
The result is wholly listenable - a happy hour of music.
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Record Collector
4 Stars
Martin sings with her now familiar emotional power, maintaining her concentration with the song in hand, and always remaining totally believable.
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Jazz Times
(Her) voice is one of the most satisfying instruments in jazz.
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Claire Martin shows why she's one of today's most sought-after singers
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Die Weltwoche
Claire Martin ist eine dergrossen Jazzsängerinnen der Zeit.
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East Anglian Daily Times
Claire Martin is now more than a superb singer. . .she's also a fine entertainer who can hold court in the top concert halls of the world down to the cosiest and intimate cabaret club.
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Limelight
4½ Stars
As befitting someone whose musical intelligence, jazz spirit and individuality make her the complete singer, England's finest jazz diva stamps her own personality on each track.
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Audio and Video Review
5 Stars
Yet another stunning release on the world-renowned label Linn Records.
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Jazz UK
As beautifully done as you might expect from such a class act.
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The Star Ledger
It's hard to imagine Horn not being impressed with Martin's tribute.
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Mojo
4 Stars
A quiet beauty for admirers of small-hours jazz.
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The Sunday Post
Another great album from a British jazz icon - CD of the Week
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The Observer
Martin has a perfect jazz voice - warm, textured and subtle.
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
Claire Martin ticks that final box and moves closer to becoming the complete jazz singer she's always threatened to be.
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Independent on Sunday
A superior vocalist for a long time - (Claire Martin) has developed real grain and character in her voice.
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The Sunday Times
3 Stars
Martin's smoky voice has never sounded more authoritative.
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Mojo
Perhaps Martin's best album.
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
It's hard to pick and choose from so many good tracks...Very highly recommended!
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Yorkshire Post
An exceptionally fine album from one of the best singers around.
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Evening Standard
4 Stars
Demonstrates the poised phrasing and smoky tone that make Ms Martin our most sophisticated jazz singer.
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The Scotsman
3 Stars
CLAIRE Martin has remained at the top of the ever-growing heap of UK jazz singers over the past decade and more.
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Time Out
Our fave female jazz singer, Martin is absolutely peerless.
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www.girlsingers.org
4 Stars
Ms. Martin is often called "The UK's finest jazz singer." This disc makes a strong case.
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The Vortex Website / Magazine
In short: a gem of an album. Strongly recommended.
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Atlanta Audio Society
Claire Martin has an intuitive sense of how to handle the emotion in a song lyric, or even a single word.
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Rainbow Network Website
5 Stars
What is impressive is the range of Martin’s voice which is, by turns, soaring, sensuous, plaintive and powerful.
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The Herald
4 Stars
Without imitating her heroine, (Claire Martin) captures her essence beautifully.
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BBC Website
Shirley's passed the flame to Claire, who's using it to light fireworks. Go girl!
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Observer Music Monthly
4 Stars
The complete jazz singer she's always threatened to be.
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The Guardian
4 Stars
If anyone can get away with a Shirley Horn tribute, it's Claire Martin, whose subtle musical intelligence and jazz sensibilities have been deepening for a long time.
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Record Collector
4 Stars
Considered by many, this writer included, as the UK's premier jazz singer.
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The First Post (website)
Claire Martin shows yet again why she is the classiest and most convincing UK female singer around.
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All About Jazz website
One of my favorite jazz vocalists.
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The Times
The most intelligent and assured singer in the country.
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Jazz Times
For my money she's not only the finest female British jazz singer of her generation but possibly of all time.
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www.jazzreview.com
A delightful union of two of the UK's most recognized talents.
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Atlanta Audio Society
This Linn SACD was a revelation for me.
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Evening Standard
In lively form.
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Birmingham Post
Jazz CD of the Week
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Good Sound Magazine
One of the best jazz singers around.
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Audiophile Audition
Very, very highly recommended!
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The Sunday Times
As polished as you could hope for.
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Yorkshire Post
There isn’t a better singer than (Claire Martin) around.
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The Sunday Post
As always with Linn, the recording sounds fantastic.
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Scotland on Sunday
Order this CD pronto: it's a gem.
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Daily Telegraph
Style does not go out of style.
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Time Out London
'just two great singers interpreting great songs'
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HMV Choice
Just over an hour of pure class.
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Jazzwise
A joy from start to finish.
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Evening Press

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Evening News
4 Stars
'one of the best concert'
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The Herald
A treat of the most sophisticated kind.
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East Anglian Daily Times
'Jazz cabaret at its very best'
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The Times
Claire-Martin-The-Time-Top-Five-Jazz
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Tonbridge Courier
Blessed not only with a wonderful voice but also the rare ability to use it with style, intelligence and wit
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JazzReview.com
not only formidable talent but good taste
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Lancashire Evening Telegraph
'Real presence and great voice'
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Jazz Times
Listen to Martin dazzle
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Good Sound.com
an exciting, engaging blend
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Jazzwise
You do really feel that you're sitting either in the middle of the group or next to the band
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Scotland on Sunday
an artist of great musicality
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Yorkshire Post
another peach of an album
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
One of Claire's best albums to date
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Jazz Review
Martin is breezy, even masterful
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The Herald
4 Stars
A superb collection
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The Guardian
4 Stars
Very classy indeed
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The Scotsman
hip-but-sophisticated interpretations
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Rainbownetwork.com
4 Stars
sexy and seductive
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CODA jazz magazine
Martin is a true jazz performer
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Audiophile Audition
these tracks are near demonstration quality
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Audio & Video Lifestyle Australia
4 Stars
will really get your toes a-tappin'
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ejazznews
the slightly husky tones of her voice make the spine tingle
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BBCi
wrings passion from every belted-out note
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In-Tune International
[an] appealing smoky-tinged voice
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UK European Jazz Website Review
Beautiful
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Jazz Express
If her debut was good this one is even better.
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The Observer
To be original without sounding outlandish or just plain dotty is a difficult trick to bring off, especially for singers but Claire Martin has always managed it with grace and poise.
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CC Newz
I recommend this CD without hesitation.
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LP: Magazine for Analogue Hi-Fi and Vinyl Culture
Linn sets the bar with this release.
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Audio & Video Lifestyle Australia
5 Stars
This album is one classy jazz vocal release that will be hard to beat. *****
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Her voice is darker and more persuasive than on previous records.
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Evening Standard
Talent, personality and a refreshingly slick approach.
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Brighton Evening Argus
Widely recognised as the best British jazz singer of her generation
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Jazz UK
Claire Martin has been a class act for years.
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HMV Choice
Claire Martin still seems as fresh a talent as ever.


Audiophile Audition
Very, very highly recommended!
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Jazzwise
exemplary timing and indisputable stage presence
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Los Angeles Times
a first rate introduction to the work of this first rate jazz artist
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The Jazz Rag
'smooth as silk voice...'
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Inverness Courier
'comfortable and late-night listening'
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The Leeds Guide
'a brave step for Martin!'
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Mojo
'Good enough to start a trend'
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Top (Tower Records)
'talented'
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Sunday Times
one of the few world-class singers
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Classic CD
her voice smoulders
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The Observer
one of Britain's finest voices
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Guitarist
this is a real treat
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The Sunday Times

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The Times

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The Guardian

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Jazz Times
'...the most classy interpreter of tasteful contemporary pop material...'
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AllMusic.com
'Martin the pop singer proved to be every bit as compelling as Martin the jazz singer.'
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Jazzwise
seductively honeyed treatments
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Hi-Fi News & Record Review
cool, jazzy vocals
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All About Jazz
'Martin's leisurely, smoky voice never dodges a syllable or blurs a meaning as it sends slow, lingering chills up the back of the neck.'
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The Observer
The album has a vitality essential to jazz
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Jazz Journal International
This lady simply gets better
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Jazz on CD
It's a great album
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Gramophone
she has a soft, husky voice and good intonation and a superb band
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Classical Music
a cleverly chosen batch of songs
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Jazz On CD
Martin is at home with both swing and ballads
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Gramophone
easily as good as its predecessors
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The Stage
a talent to be savoured.
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Hi Fi News and Record Review
Linn can be proud of this one.
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Jazz Times
A gifted interpreter of songs, with a wonderful sense of repertoire.
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Jazz Journal
...blessed not only with a wonderful voice but also the rare ability to use it with style, intelligence and wit.
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01 August 2014 to 01 August 2014
England
Ropetackle, Shoreham-By-Sea, West Sussex, England, United Kingdom
Claire Martin & Ian Shaw: A Century Of Song

18 September 2014 to 18 September 2014
England
St George's Hall, Bristol, England, United Kingdom


21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014
England
RNCM, Manchester, England, United Kingdom


22 September 2014 to 22 September 2014
England
Sage, Gateshead, England, United Kingdom


26 September 2014 to 26 September 2014
England, London
St James's, Piccadilly, London, England, United Kingdom


28 September 2014
England
Cambridge Junction, Cambridge


29 September 2014
England
Colston Hall 2 -The Lantern, Bristol


30 September 2014
England
Brighton Old Market, Brighton, England, United Kingdom


01 October 2014
England
SJE Arts, Oxford


07 November 2014
Africa
Lighthouse, Poole
with the Montpellier Cello Quartet