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The Waiting Game

Claire Martin

The Waiting Game

AKD 018 (Linn Records)
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1
You Hit the Spot

You Hit the Spot

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer H Revel, M Gordon
3:24 Play $1.70
2
Be Cool

Be Cool

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer Joni Mitchell
4:43 Play $1.70
3
This Funny World

This Funny World

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer R Rodgers, L Hart
2:06 Play $1.70
4
Better Than Anything

Better Than Anything

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer D Wheat, W Loughborough
2:58 Play $1.70
5
If You Could See Me Now

If You Could See Me Now

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer T Dameron/C Sigman
3:38 Play $1.70
6
Some Cats Know

Some Cats Know

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer J Lieber, M Stoller
4:28 Play $1.70
7
The Waiting Game

The Waiting Game

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer C Martin, J Gee
3:06 Play $1.70
8
It's Always Four a.m.

It's Always Four a.m.

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer S Cahn, R Anthony
4:40 Play $1.70
9
The People That You Never Get To Love

The People That You Never Get To Love

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer Rupert Holmes
4:08 Play $1.70
10
Tight

Tight

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer Betty Carter
3:10 Play $1.70
11
Everything Happens To Me

Everything Happens To Me

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer M Dennis, T Adair
6:47 Play $3.40
12
The Key To Your Ferrari

The Key To Your Ferrari

Band Claire Martin - vocals, Jim Mullen - guitar, Jonathan Gee - piano, Arnie Somogyi - bass, Clark Tracey - drums
Writer Thomas Dolby
3:25 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 47 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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#6 The Critics' Choice for 1992 by The Wire

Claire Martin's debut album was chosen by The Times as one of its 'Records of the Year'. 

'Blessed not only with a wonderful voice, but also the rare ability to use it with style, intelligence and wit.' Jazz Journal

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Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance

Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance

Arnie Somogyi's Ambulance features five of the UK's most accomplished young jazz musicians, in collaboration with U.S. jazz trumpet and flugelhorn legend Eddie Henderson
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Claire Martin

Claire Martin

The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin, has won seven British Jazz Awards and was awarded an O.B.E. in 2011.
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Clark Tracey

Clark Tracey

Drummer in the tradition of Blakey, he regularly records and performs with the finest UK and international jazz talent.
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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 bestselling 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 quartet 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 

Musicians:

Jim Mullen guitar
Jonathan Gee piano
Arnie Somogyi bass
Clark Tracey drums

Recording information:

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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Jazz Scene
'Claire Martin has a fine jazz voice...she'll do quite well.'
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AudioVideo Shopper
'Martin [has a] wonderful ability to interpret a song...the young diva succeeds best when she reaches furthest, and her wild rendition of Thomas Dolby's "The Key To Your Ferrari" provies just how versatile and entertaining jazz vocals can be.'
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Jazz Educators Journal
'This is a CD I can hardly keep out of my CD player. A tenacious jazz sound, jazz feel, jazz phrasing ... yeah, an insistently head-spinning jazz singer is what Claire Martin is! Her hip, intoxicating voice and natural manner in shaping songs-unfolding tales and inherent nuances lying in wait to be enlivened-simply keeps her singing crisply fresh and savory.'
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Sunday World-Herald
'Claire Martin, a British vocalist with a sultry sound...has loads of promise.'
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Chattanooga Free Press
'She masters classic ballads as well as uptempo arrangements with the flair of a veteran.'
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Jazziz
'...cool jazz in the best sense: intimate, understated and characterized by a relaxed yet confident sense of swing.'
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Desert News, Salt Lake City
'impressive versatility'
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Jazz Times
'A gifted interpreter of songs, with a wonderful sense of repertoire.'
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Compact Magazine
4 Stars
« Claire Martin est une bonne chanteuse...Son clair et bien defini. La voix est bonne mais un rien trop claire. Tres bonne transparence sonore. »


Northern Echo
'Linn have also issued the first album by another singer, Claire Martin The Waiting Game. Once again the musical support is outstanding, led this time by pianist Jonathan Gee or guitarist Jim Mullen. The tunes include a rare and beautiful Rodgers and Hart song, This Funny World.'


In Vox
'...sensitive, emphatic, intimate. A truly flexible voice, lithely swaying the lyrics in the midst of captivating melodies.'


Show Magazine
« Premier album d'une future grande du jazz chanté. »
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O's Place Jazz
5 Stars
'An exceptional debut!'
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The Wire
#6 The Critics' Choice for 1992


The Times
'The most polished jazz performer to emerge in this country in the past three or four years.'
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The Wire
Wire Winner: New Jazz Vocal: 'It's no exaggeration to say that Claire Martin is the most phenomenal vocal talent yet to appear on the British jazz scene.'
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Jazz CD
'If you enjoy superb singing do not, on any account, allow this album to escape your attention; Ms Martin's vocal skills merit it becoming a bestseller.'
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Vox
'She phrases immaculately, can handle ballads with consummate ease, and swings effortlessly.'
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Hi-Fi News & Record Review
'Ms Martin is a cool jazz chanteuse...an imaginative choice of material...'
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Jazz, The Magazine
'The jewel here is Claire Martin. Every note is a joy, and it's all done so well, with such a perfect balance of musicianship and clean recording quality...'
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Jazz Express
'Claire Martin's debut album is impressive. Martin has excellent clarity, phrasing, attention to lyrics and an interesting and varied choice of material.'
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Hi-Fi News & Record Review
'Linn can be proud of this one.'
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Jazz Journal
'...blessed not only with a wonderful voice but also the rare ability to use it with style, intelligence and wit.'
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14 August 2016 to 14 August 2016
England
Snape Maltings as part of the Aldeburgh Festival, Snape Maltings Aldeburgh England United Kingdom
Claire Martin and Ray Gelato ‘A Swingin’ Affair’

23 August 2016 to 25 August 2016
England, London
Pizza Express Jazz Club, Dean Street Soho London England United Kingdom
Claire Martin swings with the Dave Newton Trio

18 December 2016 to 18 December 2016
England
The Sage, Gateshead
'Let It Snow' with the Royal Northern Sinfonia