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He never mentioned love

Claire Martin

He never mentioned love

...remembering the legendary Shirley Horn
AKD 393 (Linn Records)
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He never mentioned love

He never mentioned love

Soloist Claire Martin - vocals
Band

Gareth Williams - piano, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums

Writer Lewis Curtis Reginald
Arranger

Laurence Cottle

5:08 Play $3.40
2
Forget me

Forget me

Soloist Claire Martin - vocals
Band

Gareth Williams - keyboards, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums & percussion

Guest Artist Massimo Marraccini - percussion
Writer Brown Valerie Parks
Arranger Gareth Williams
3:58 Play $1.70
3
Everything must change

Everything must change

Band

Clark Tracey - drums & percussion

Guest Artist Steve Watts - bass; Jim Mullen - guitar
Writer Bernard Ighner
Arranger Jim Mullen and Claire Martin
5:16 Play $3.40
4
Trav’llin’ light

Trav’llin’ light

Guest Artist Jim Mullen - guitar; Steve Watts - bass
Writer  

Johnny Mercer, Jimmy Mundy, James Oliver "Trummy" Young

Arranger Jim Mullen
2:43 Play $1.70
5
The music that makes me dance

The music that makes me dance

Band Gareth Williams - piano, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer Jule Styne, Bob Merrill
Arranger Gareth Williams
6:09 Play $3.40
6
All night long

All night long

Band  

Gareth Williams - piano, Clark Tracey - drums, Laurence Cottle - bass

Guest Artist Gerard Presencer - flugelhorn
Writer Lewis Curtis
Arranger Laurence Cottle and Claire Martin
3:39 Play $1.70
7
If you go

If you go

Band Gareth Williams - piano, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Guest Artist Gerard Presencer - flugelhorn, Massimo Marraccini - percussion
Writer Emer Parsons
Arranger Gareth Williams
4:56 Play $1.70
8
A song for you

A song for you

Soloist Claire Martin - vocals
Band

Gareth Williams - piano, Clark Tracey - drums, Steve Watts - bass

Guest Artist Jim Mullen - guitar
Writer Leon Russel
Arranger Jim Mullen
4:58 Play $1.70
9
Slowly but Shirley

Slowly but Shirley

Band Clark Tracey - drums, Laurence Cottle - bass
Guest Artist Nigel Hitchcock - saxophone, Gerard Presencer - trumpet
Writer Laurence Cottle and Claire Martin
Arranger Laurence Cottle
4:05 Play $1.70
10
You’re nearer

You’re nearer

Band Gareth Williams - piano, Clark Tracey - drums, Laurence Cottle - bass
Writer Rodgers and Hart             
Arranger Laurence Cottle
4:37 Play $1.70
11
L.A. breakdown

L.A. breakdown

Band Gareth Williams - piano, Clark Tracey - drums, Laurence Cottle - bass
Guest Artist Jim Mullen - guitar
Writer  

Larry B. Marks

Arranger  

Gareth Williams

5:20 Play $3.40
12
Slow time

Slow time

Band Gareth Williams - piano, Clark Tracey - drums, Laurence Cottle - bass
Guest Artist  

Massimo Marraccini - percussion

Writer Ian Shaw                            
Arranger Ian Shaw                            
4:07 Play $1.70
13
The sun died

The sun died

Band Gareth Williams - piano
Guest Artist  

Gerard Presencer - flugelhorn 

Writer Hubert Giraud, Adrien Yves / Pierre Leroyer, Marcel Charles, Ray Charles, Ann Gregory
Arranger Gareth Williams
5:27 Play $3.40
Total Running Time 60 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Claire Martin returns with this stylish tribute to the late and legendary American songstress Shirley Horn. "He never mentioned love" sees the UK's finest jazz singer investigate songs memorably performed by her greatest influence.

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Produced by Laurence Cottle

This stylish tribute to the late and legendary American songstress Shirley Horn, originally released in 2007, captures an intimate and more mature sound from Martin.

Re-issued on CD in 2011, ‘He Never Mentioned Love' sees the UK's finest Jazz singer investigate songs memorably performed by her greatest influence, with no traces of borrowing or imitation.

Mojo described it as 'Martin's best album', no small praise considering her award-winning discography.

A perfect match...

I heard Shirley Horn's first album, "Embers and Ashes", on a visit to New York City in 1964. I shall never forget the moment when I put the needle down on the disc and heard Shirley singing and playing He Never Mentioned Love, which I had chosen because it was unfamiliar and intriguing. I had never heard of the song, nor of Miss Horn.

Here was a lovely, confiding, gentle voice, telling a touching story of youthful heartbreak; the piano played four beautiful, steady chords in every single bar right through to the end of the song; there was only one simple chorus, no vocal arabesques, no pianistic arabesques, no melodrama and no display, yet the track is perfection.

This was the album which Miles Davis heard, and which made him refuse to play at the Village Vanguard unless this unknown singer-pianist was booked to play opposite him.

I probably heard every note that Shirley recorded from then on. I saw her perform many times. We became good friends, and she even used sometimes to cook dinner for me at her house in Washington, D.C., when I was in the neighbourhood, refusing to sit down at the table and eat with her husband Shep and me. She used to have a little drink and make sure we had enough of her excellent cooking. But I never got over the fact that I was in the presence of a great musician.

Everything that could reasonably have been said about Shirley's work was written by the late Joel E. Siegel, who managed her for a while, and who was largely responsible for her re-emergence from quiet domesticity in the 1980s. He was a close and important friend, not only of Shirley's, but of Claire Martin's and of mine. Joel was possibly the most perceptive, knowledgeable and articulate of any writer who ever discussed the art of the jazz singer. He wrote the liner notes for seven of Shirley's albums.

***

One night in 1992, I was in Glasgow, Scotland, and I was checking out a concert hall where I was going to be working. The name of the artist who was appearing that night was unknown to me, since I don't live over there. It was Claire Martin.

In the twenty-eight years since I had first heard Shirley, I had listened to a great many new jazz singers, good, indifferent and awful. I was told that Miss Martin was "the British Anita O'Day". I was expecting a lot of vocal trickery and Sweet Georgia Brown. There was only one Anita, and she was a wizard.

When the concert began, onto the stage came a dazzling young blonde girl, who swung like mad with You Hit The Spot; I turned to my friend, an operatic soprano, as it happened, and whispered "That's a star!"

Claire already had it all; a lovely, rich voice, an immaculate jazz sense, taste, humour and emotional intensity. The repertoire escaped from the usual rut, there were some fierce jazz pieces and some great, searing ballads. Backstage after the concert, we became instant friends and she asked me to write the liner notes for her first Linn CD, 'The Waiting Game'.

Fifteen years on, Claire and I have done many concerts and club dates together and we made a CD for Linn Records, "When Lights Are Low", which made us both happy. The years have only deepened and enriched her sound, her musicality is extraordinary and her grasp of lyrics unparalleled.

Like me, she is a major fan of Shirley Horn. Probably no other singer has had such an influence on her, and yet there are no traces of borrowing or imitation. I am sure that no other singer would have been so ideal for a Shirley Horn tribute.

When I started out, with some trepidation, to write this liner note, I thought I would probably dissect the CD, commenting on each song and the differences in tempo and interpretation between the two artists' work.

But now I don't feel any need to do this. The CD is such a warm, musical celebration of a great artist, it speaks so directly to the listener that I don't feel that I need to conduct a guided tour.

The musicians and the arrangements are faultless; there are some brilliant ways of rethinking pillars of Shirley's repertoire (Everything Must Change, A Song For You, All Night Long). There are a couple of shining new creations in her honour (Slowly But Shirley, Slow Time).

I knew Shirley pretty well. I am sure she would have been overcome by this lovely homage.

Richard Rodney Bennett

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Jazzman
"... son chaleureux et atmosphère lounge."
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The Stage
A relaxed duo offering up a delightful selection of songs
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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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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Claire Martin shows why she's one of today's most sought-after singers
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Jazz Times
(Her) voice is one of the most satisfying instruments in jazz.
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Die Weltwoche
Claire Martin ist eine dergrossen Jazzsängerinnen der Zeit.
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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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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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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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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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Evening Standard
4 Stars
Demonstrates the poised phrasing and smoky tone that make Ms Martin our most sophisticated jazz singer.
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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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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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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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The Herald
4 Stars
Without imitating her heroine, (Claire Martin) captures her essence beautifully.
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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 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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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 First Post (website)
Claire Martin shows yet again why she is the classiest and most convincing UK female singer around.
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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


09 October 2014 to 09 October 2014
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Friends Life Sports and Social Club, Pixham Lane Dorking England United Kingdom
Revoice festival

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Wakefield Jazz Club, Wakefield
with The Montpellier Cello Quartet

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Lighthouse, Poole
with the Montpellier Cello Quartet 

30 November 2014 to 30 November 2014
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National Centre for Early Music, York
with The Montpellier Cello Quartet