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Secret Love

Claire Martin

Secret Love

AKD 391 (Linn Records)
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$20.00

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FLAC 24bit 96kHz 1,148.1MB $24.00

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FLAC 16bit 44.1kHz 316.8MB $13.00

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1
Secret Love

Secret Love

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Gareth Williams - keyboards, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums & percussion, Nigel Hitchcock - saxophone
Writer Sammy Fain, Paul Webster
Arranger Gareth Williams
3:30 Play $1.70
2
But Beautiful

But Beautiful

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Gareth Williams - keyboards, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums & percussion, Nigel Hitchcock - saxophone, Miles Bould - percussion, Jim Mullen - guitar, Richard Cottle and Gareth Williams - organ
Writer Johnny Burke, Jimmy Van Heusen
Arranger Gareth Williams
5:56 Play $3.40
3
The Meaning of the Blues

The Meaning of the Blues

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Gareth Williams - electric piano, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums, Richard Cottle - organ, Miles Bould - percussion, Julian Jackson - harmonica
Writer Bobby Troup, Leah Worth
Arranger Laurence Cottle
4:08 Play $1.70
4
Jive

Jive

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Gareth Williams - piano, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums, Miles Bould - percussion, Melvin Duffy - pedal steel guitar, Gareth Williams & Richard Cottle - keyboards, Ian Shaw - backing vocals
Writer Michael Franks
Arranger Richard Cottle
3:07 Play $1.70
5
Love is a Bore

Love is a Bore

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Gareth Williams - keyboards, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums & percussion, Nigel Hitchcock - saxes
Writer Sammy Cahn, Jimmy Van Heusen
Arranger Gareth Williams
2:54 Play $1.70
6
Where Do You Start

Where Do You Start

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar
Writer Johnny Mandel, Marilyn Bergman, Alan Bergman
Arranger Jim Mullen
4:13 Play $1.70
7
God Give Me Strength

God Give Me Strength

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Richard Cottle - keyboards, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums (brushes), Chris Dagley - drums (sticks), Jim Mullen - guitar, Ian Shaw - backing vocals, Miles Bould - percussion
Writer Burt Bacharach, Elvis Costello
Arranger Richard Cottle
6:27 Play $3.40
8
Get Happy

Get Happy

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Gareth Williams - keyboards, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums & percussion, Nigel Hitchcock - saxes
Writer Ted Koehler/Harold Arlen
Arranger Clark Tracey
3:26 Play $1.70
9
My Buddy

My Buddy

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett - piano, Steve Watts - bass, Clark Tracey - drums, Bobby Wellins - saxophone
Writer Walter Donaldson/Gus Kahn
Arranger Richard Rodney Bennett
4:47 Play $1.70
10
Cheek to Cheek

Cheek to Cheek

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Gareth Williams - piano & vibes, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums, Miles Bould - percussion
Writer Irving Berlin
Arranger Gareth Williams
3:48 Play $1.70
11
Don't Misunderstand Me

Don't Misunderstand Me

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Gareth Williams - piano & organ, Laurence Cottle - bass, Clark Tracey - drums, Jim Mullen - guitar, Miles Bould - percussion
Writer Gordon Parks
Arranger Laurence Cottle
5:41 Play $3.40
12
Something Cool

Something Cool

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett - piano
Writer Billy Barnes
Arranger Richard Rodney Bennett
4:19 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 52 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Claire celebrates her jazz roots with a splendid line-up of some of Britain’s top jazz talents. 'One of Claire's best albums to date' (Jazzwise).

The Studio Master files are 96kHz / 24-bit.

Download includes - cover art, inlay, booklet
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.
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Richard Rodney Bennett

Richard Rodney Bennett

Richard Rodney Bennett is a musician who is equally renowned in the worlds of jazz, film and classical music.
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Produced by Richard Cottle

Originally released in 2004 ‘Secret Love' features Gareth Williams and Richard Rodney Bennett on piano, Laurence Cottle on bass, Clark Tracey on drums and Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone.  Re-issued on CD in 2011 and in Studio Master quality in January 2007.

Claire explores the classic songbook with a mature set of standards from Irving Berlin's Cheek To Cheek to Bacharach and Costello's God Give Me Strength, taking in Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen along the way. 

'Claire calls on her significant vocal range, and moves from breathy whispers to lungfulls of power in just a few bars.' BBCi

Claire Martin - vocals

Gareth Williams - piano, electric piano, vibes, organ; Laurence Cottle - bass; Clark Tracey - drums; Nigel Htchcock - saxophone; Miles Bould - percussion; Richard Cottle - Organ; Julian Jackson - harmonica; Ian Shaw - backing vocals; Chris Dagley - drums; steve Watts - bass, Bobby Wellins - saxophone, Richard Rodney Bennett - piano 

Recorded at Mark Angelo Studios - 6, 28 and 29 June 2004
Recording and Mix Engineer - John Gallen
Assistant Engineers - Kevan Gallagher and Tom Kelly
Mixed at Denham Sound Suite - 23-25 August 2004
Assisted by Amy Hudson and Joseph Cottle
SA-CD Mixing and Mastering by Ben Turner and Philip Hobbs
Mastered at Finesplice, UK
Thanks to Native Instruments
Clark Tracey uses Zildjian Cymbals, Vic Firth Sticks and Remo drum heads
Hair, make up and styling - Kate Hughes
Outside Photos by Katie Vandyck - photographed at Lewes Station
Live photo by Daniel Parker

Claire would like to say...
A huge thank you to Richard Cottle for all the faith, vibe and superb guidance and to John Gallen for generous assistance and expertise. Sincere appreciation to my exceptional band with special thanks to Laurence Cottle, Ian Shaw and Richard Rodney Bennett. Many thanks to Hugh Sandie, Amelia Sandie, Roger Wright, Keith Loxam, Jack Higgins, Barb Jungr, Mari Wilson, Tom Robbins and Verona Chard.

This album is dedicated in loving memory to Joel E. Siegel: My Buddy. “All the tender words together live on in my heart.”

When I hear Claire sing live, I know from the opening song that I’m in the company of an outstanding jazz singer. By the closing number, I’m always humbled. Praise enough that she’s a great jazz talent, but she’s much, much more. What a diva! Always charismatic and engaging, never failing to draw in the audience with inimitable ease, chatting and laughing, ribbing and jibing between each exquisitely delivered song. This album, Claire’s tenth album, is as captivating as any of her live performances. Ambitious yet intimate, fresh yet nostalgic, Secret Love is steeped in soul and originality. Her range is formidable: she gives Judy Garland a run for her money on the classic Get Happy; My Buddy is imbued with aching pathos and dedicated to her late, great friend Joel Siegel; and, in a thrilling version of Costello/Bacharach’s God Give Me Strength—briefly accompanied by co-conspirator Ian Shaw—Claire electrifies the track. Since Claire is always surrounded by the cream of musicians, it’s no surprise to discover Secret Love features some of the finest – Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Nigel Hitchcock, Gareth Williams, Laurence Cottle, Clark Tracey and Jim Mullen.

Racks in music shops may be crammed with albums by young, hyped female singers. To be fair, some are genuinely talented. But for my money, very few will ever sing with Claire’s power and style.
Jo Bloom, September 2004

Celebrate international jazz day
30 April 2012
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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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Jazz.com
5 Stars
her voice carries the unmistakable smokiness of June Christy
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The Stage
A relaxed duo offering up a delightful selection of songs
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JazzReview.com
not only formidable talent but good taste
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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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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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Audiophile Audition
these tracks are near demonstration quality
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CODA jazz magazine
Martin is a true jazz performer
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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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