offBEAT features Claire's regular trio of dynamic musicians (comprising pianist Gareth Williams, bassist Arnie Somogyi and drummer Clark Tracey) plus special guests guitarist Martin Taylor ('Some Other Time'), vibraphonist Anthony Kerr (Monk's 'New Tune' and 'Wishful Thinking') and trombonist Mark Nightingale '(I'll Close My Eyes', 'Comes Love' and 'Something Real'). Renowned throughout her career for unusual and adventurous repertoire choices, Claire turns her expressively cool-toned voice to Stevie Wonder's 'Make Sure You're Sure' and Paul Simon's 'I Do It For Your Love' plus Laura Nyro's 'Buy And Sell'. Leonard Bernstein's 'Some Other Time' and 'Lost In His Arms' by Irving Berlin, widely considered one of the greatest song-writers of all time, represent Claire's love of the Great American Songbook. There are also a couple of original songs - 'Worth The Wait', courtesy of Gareth Williams and 'Wishful Thinking' by producer Joel Siegel and pianist David Newton.
'This is a great reminder of or introduction to a night out with the great Claire Martin. This new live recording also shows a steady maturing of her emotional range.' Daily Telegraph
‘...Martin tackles the jazz vocal idiom with aplomb.' Record Collector
‘She has a soft, husky voice and good intonation and a superb band.' Gramophone
‘If you've already heard of Claire you won't need urging, but to the unconverted I can only say buy ‘offBEAT'. It's great.' Jazz on CD
‘Martin turns in her customary, absorbing performance, applying her beautifully controlled, pleasantly smoky voice with passion, wit and intelligence to a cleverly chosen batch of songs.' Classical Music
Claire Martin Trio
Gareth Williams - piano
Arnie Somogyi - bass
Clark Tracey - drums
with special guests:
Martin Taylor - guitar (track 14 duet)
Anthony Kerr - vibes (tracks 5 & 8)
Mark Nightingale - trombone (tracks 4,9 and 12)
Arrangements by Gareth Williams and Claire Martin with thanks to Steve Melling for tracks 5 and 13
Recorded at Ronnie Scott's Club, London from 21st - 26th August 1995
Engineer - Chris Lewis
Producer - Joel E Siegel
13 November 2015
13 November 2015St. James Theatre
, The London Jazz Festival
with the Claire Martin European Trio
26 November 2015
26 November 2015The Sage
with The BBC Big Band Celebrating Frank Sinatra
03 December 2015
03 December 2015Bush Hall
'Early Christmas Stocking'
with Ian Shaw
05 December 2015
05 December 2015The Great Hall, Exeter University
'Celebrating George Gershwin'
12 December 2015
12 December 2015Liverpool Philharmonic Hall
'Let It Snow'
with the Royal Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra conducted by Tim Henty
19 December 2015
19 December 2015Arts Centre
'Celebrating the Divas'
with the BBC Big Band
23 December 2015
23 December 2015The Steyning Centre
, West Sussex
'A Concert by Candlelight'
with The Montpellier Cello Quartet
10 January 2016
11 January 2016The Pizza Express Jazz Club
featuring the Tippet String Quartet
19 January 2016
19 January 2016The Pizza Express Jazz Club
with Ian Shaw
24 January 2016
24 January 2016The South Coast Jazz Festival
'Celebrating Ella and Ellington'
with Pete Long and the Echo's of Ellington band