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
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02 July 2016
02 July 2016St Judes Church
, Central Square, London NW11 7AH England United Kingdom
Claire Martin with Joe Stilgoe - Proms at St. Jude’s
03 July 2016
03 July 2016Love Supreme Festival Main Stage 12.30pm
, Glynde East Sussex England United Kingdom
Claire Martin with the ‘Vox’ choir from Lewes Old Grammar School PLUS Claire Martin and Ray Gelato
14 July 2016
14 July 2016Kings Theatre
, Albert Road, Southsea PO5 2QJ England United Kingdom
Claire Martin with the Ronnie Scott All Stars
22 July 2016
22 July 2016King’s Lynn Festival
, King's Lynn England United Kingdom
Claire Martin and Ray Gelato
14 August 2016
14 August 2016Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival
, Snape Maltings Aldeburgh England United Kingdom
Claire Martin and Ray Gelato ‘A Swingin’ Affair’
23 August 2016
25 August 2016Pizza Express Jazz Club
, Dean Street Soho London England United Kingdom
Claire Martin swings with the Dave Newton Trio
18 December 2016
18 December 2016The Sage
'Let It Snow' with the Royal Northern Sinfonia