Available on disc as part of the boxed set The Early Years Anthology.
Acclaimed as the outstanding new British voice of the decade, Claire Martin achieved instant recognition with her debut album, The Waiting Game. It was among the best-selling jazz albums of 1992 and was chosen as a 'Record of the Year' by The Times.
The pianist and composer Richard Rodney Bennett, long renowned as a connoisseur of singers, concluded his liner notes for the album with the unabashed exclamation: 'This record knocks me out.' Tony Bennett was equally enthusiastic when he appeared on the same bill as Claire at the Glasgow International Jazz Festival.
The Waiting Game sees Claire accompanied by a quintet featuring guitarist Jim Mullen.
'One thing Claire Martin won't be accused of is having a conventional or unadventurous repertoire. On the superb The Waiting Game, she delivers an engaging version of Betty Carter's "Tight" and insightfully turns everything from Thomas Dolby's "The Key to Your Ferrari" to Joni Mitchell's "Be Cool" into acoustic jazz. "You Hit the Spot" and "Better than Anything" aren't standards, but the soulfulness Martin brings to these neglected classics indicates that they deserve to be. The unique and distinctive improvisor doesn't avoid standards altogether - her heartfelt interpretation of "Everything Happens to Me" being a fine example - but thankfully, she's not one to overemphasize them. Consistently, Martin's singing is as strikingly personal as it is expressive.' AllMusic.com
Jim Mullen - guitar
Jonathan Gee - piano
Arnie Somogyi - bass
Clark Tracey - drums
Recorded at EMI, Abbey Road Studios, London, 9 & 10 December 1991
Producer: Elliot Meadow
Recording engineer : Tristan Powell
Assistant engineer : Ashley Alexander
Mastered at The Exchange, London, by Ray Staff
10 October 2015
10 October 2015Marsden Jazz Festival
'‘A Swingin’ Affair'
with Ray Gelato
17 October 2015
17 October 2015The Spring Arts Centre
'Celebrating Billie Holiday'
with David Newton
28 October 2015
28 October 2015The Queen’s Hall
'A Swingin’ Affair'
with Ray Gelato
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