'Year's Best Albums' 2016 Hi-Fi News
Album Choice: 'Ms Martin [is] an audiophile poster child...the results are irresistible...swing it does and the killer sound is a bonus.' Hi-Fi News
'It's an album that strikes all the right notes, played and sung with a real joie de vivre.' Jazzwise
'A superb collection of songs that swing from the outset and impeccably played that is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.' Jazz Views
Following sellout tour dates of their new swing show, the duo took to the studio; Ray's jumpin' vocals and sax provide an ideal foil for Claire's velvety voice. The result is irresistible.
The song selection is a delicious serving of some of the most sumptuous morsels in the Great American Songbook including a classy R&B treatment of Billie Holiday's 'Now Baby Or Never'. The breadth of Claire's stylistic and vocal range is perfectly displayed among these tracks: listen to her boogaloo take on 'You Came A Long Way From St. Louis' or her interpretation of the melody on 'More Than You Know', which is a vocal masterclass.
Ray's brilliant original 'A Swingin' Affair' sets the tone for an album that is the perfect antidote to twenty-first century life. The duo is accompanied by a trio of world-class musicians: pianist David Newton (Stacey Kent), bassist Dave Whitford (Bobby Wellins Quartet) and drummer Sébastian de Krom (Jamie Cullum).
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'Year's Best Albums' 2016JazzTimes
'There are few, if any, finer jazz singers than Claire Martin. She's certainly the best the U.K. has produced, with her cunning mix of straight-ahead purity and interpretive legerdemain...There's an impressive bigness to their sound, mirroring the thunderous showmanship of Prima with Keely Smith.'more >>Hi-Fi News
Album Choice: 'the results are irresistible'more >>The Musician
Top Pick: '...a party-bound masterclass...with the UK's king and queen of swing.'more >>Lynn News
'A celebration of the great Swing duets is what we were promised and boy, these two certainly deliver.'more >>Vocal Sound of Jazz
'A superb collection of songs that swing from the outset and impeccably played that is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.'more >>SR
CD of the Month: „We've Got A World That Swings" bietet beste, vergnügliche und zeitlose Entertainermusik, bietet Songs für die Cocktailbar, für ein gutes Essen oder einfach nur so.more >>Jazzwise
'It's an album that strikes all the right notes, played and sung with a real joie de vivre.'more >>InTune International
'One to share for its toe-tapping rhythm and joi-de-vive!'more >>Straits Times
'A swinging charmer that lives up to the promise in the album's title.'more >>Jazz Views
'A superb collection of songs that swing from the outset and impeccably played that is guaranteed to leave you with a smile on your face.'more >>The Jazz Breakfast
'An album which is damned fine fun from beginning to end.'more >>The Observer
'[An] irresistible mixture of swing, jump-and-jive and sheer bonhomie...'more >>The New Listener
„Ist eine grundsolide Platte und für jede Cocktailparty zu empfehlen. Die musikalische Qualität ist durchweg gut..."more >>Soul and Jazz and Funk
'Between them and Ray and Claire they find freshness and vitality in familiar material...'more >>