Available on disc as part of the boxed set The Early Years Anthology.
A new phase in Claire's recording career opened in 1994, when she joined forces with her new producer, Joel Siegel, manager to the cult jazz singer, Shirley Horn. Introduced to Claire by Richard Rodney Bennett, Siegel supervised proceedings on Claire's third album Old Boyfriends.
It was another acclaimed exercise in daring and unorthodox programming, the material ranging from the risque lyrics of Rupert Holmes' 'Partners in Crime' to the heart-on-sleeve sentiments of 'Close As Pages In A Book' a vintage ballad from the pen of Dorothy Fields and Sigmund Romberg. The title tune, written by Tom Waits, had previously been heard on the soundtrack of the Francis Ford Coppola film 'One From the Heart'.
Warmly recieved by the critics, Old Boyfriends was another best-seller, rising to Number Two slot on the Virgin jazz charts.
Steve Melling - piano (tracks 1-5 & 7-12)
Arnie Somogyi - bass (tracks 1-11)
Clark Tracey - drums (tracks 1-5 & 7-11)
Mark Nightingale - trombone (tracks 1-6 & 9,10)
Jim Mullen - guitar (tracks 3, 6, 9 & 10)
All arrangements by Steve Melling and Claire Martin with the exception of:
Chased Out arranged by Arnie Somogyi
Old Boyfriends arranged by Jim Mullen
Continental Mind arranged by Simon Wallace
The Wheelers and Dealers arranged by Thaddeus Kelly
Recorded at Castle Sound Studios on 24th - 26th May, 1994.
Engineer - Calum Malcolm
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