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Time & Place

Claire Martin

Time & Place

...inventive new arrangements
AKD 423 (Linn Records)
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1
My Ship

My Ship

Soloist Claire Martin
Guest Artist Joe Stilgoe piano and vocals
Collaboration The Montpellier Cello Quartet
Writer Kurt Weill & Ira Gershwin
Arranger Richard Rodney Bennett
03:20 Play $1.70
2
Catch Me If You Can

Catch Me If You Can

Soloist Claire Martin
Writer

Mark Winkler & Eli Bruggemann

Arranger Claire Martin
04:04 Play $1.70
3
She's Leaving Home

She's Leaving Home

Soloist Claire Martin
Guest Artist Joe Stilgoe piano and vocals
Writer

John Lennon & Paul McCartney

Arranger

Joe Stilgoe

04:21 Play $1.70
4
Early To Bed

Early To Bed

Soloist Claire Martin
Writer

Richard Rodney Bennett & Frank Underwood

Arranger Richard Rodney Bennett
03:31 Play $1.70
5
Featherfall

Featherfall

Soloist Claire Martin
Guest Artist The Montpellier Cello Quartet
Writer

Geoffrey Keezer

Arranger

Geoffrey Keezer

04:44 Play $1.70
6
The Man Who Sold The World

The Man Who Sold The World

Soloist Claire Martin
Collaboration The Montpellier Cello Quartet
Writer

David Bowie

Arranger

Pete Davison

04:16 Play $1.70
7
Round Midnight

Round Midnight

Soloist Claire Martin
Collaboration The Montpellier Cello Quartet
Writer

Thelonious Monk & Bernie Hanighen

Arranger

Laurence Cottle

05:23 Play $3.40
8
Lost For Words

Lost For Words

Soloist Claire Martin
Guest Artist Joe Stilgoe piano and vocals
Collaboration The Montpellier Cello Quartet
Writer

Joe Stilgoe

Arranger

Joe Stilgoe

04:58 Play $1.70
9
My Man's Gone Now

My Man's Gone Now

Soloist Claire Martin
Guest Artist Joe Stilgoe piano and vocals
Collaboration The Montpellier Cello Quartet
Writer DuBose Heyward & George Gershwin
Arranger

Simon Woolf

05:20 Play $3.40
10
Two Grey Rooms

Two Grey Rooms

Soloist Claire Martin
Collaboration The Montpellier Cello Quartet
Writer

Joni Mitchell

Arranger

Mark-Anthony Turnage

04:16 Play $1.70
11
Goodbye For Now

Goodbye For Now

Soloist Claire Martin
Writer

Charles Hart & Richard Rodney Bennett

Arranger

Claire Martin & Gareth Williams

03:31 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 48 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Time & Place perfectly sums up Claire Martin's jazz roots and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career. The majority of arrangements feature The Montpellier Cello Quartet, with whom Claire has developed a unique partnership since they first performed together in 2012.

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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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Joe Stilgoe

Joe Stilgoe

Joe Stilgoe is a singer, pianist and songwriter, touring constantly around the world with his band and as a solo act.
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Montpellier Cello Quartet

Montpellier Cello Quartet

The Montpellier Cello Quartet performs and inspires a truly eclectic range of music. They bring the rich, warm sound of four cellos to a diverse mixture of classical music, pop, tango and jazz, performing existing quartet repertoire alongside new works.
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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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‘At each outing, newly-crafted arrangements emerge. The listener marvels at Claire Martin's ability and determination to create a wholly new pad of repertoire from zero.'  LondonJazz Review  

‘Martin has long been among the most versatile and wide-ranging of singers. Her latest venture, with the Quartet, is no exception.' Classical Source  

Together Claire and the quartet create a magical sound fusion of jazz-chamber music that encompasses new arrangements from an eclectic group of songwriters including Lennon & McCartney, George Gershwin, David Bowie and Thelonius Monk. With the connections borne of twenty-five years in the business Claire has commissioned imaginative new arrangements, including Joni Mitchell's Two Grey Rooms by renowned composer Mark Anthony Turnage. 

Pianist Joe Stilgoe guests on his own track Lost For Words and delivers a distinctive arrangement of Lennon & McCartney's She's Leaving Home.  There are also echoes of The Beatles' Eleanor Rigby on a new arrangement of David Bowie's The Man Who Sold The World.

Claire's long-time partnership with Richard Rodney Bennett is acknowledged with both song-writing and arranging credits; Early To Bed is quintessential Bennett and Claire gives a heartfelt performance. Time & Place sees Martin return with renewed vigour to pop-crossover territory, a trend she championed long before Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux made this style an accepted genre.

Musicians:

Claire Martin
Montpellier Cello Quartet
with
Joe Stilgoe piano & vocals
Gareth Williams piano
Jeremy Brown bass
Laurence Cottle electric bass
Ben Reynolds drums

Time & Place 

Claire Martin has been one of my favourite musicians for a long time. Though she is respected as one of the world's finest jazz singers, she is not limited by or to the genre. The well she dips into is a deep one and songs from all styles of music live there, waiting to be pulled up into the daylight. When the person lowering the bucket is Claire Martin, something special can be expected to emerge. That is to say, she has a gift for selecting material which is not only perfect for her soulful and expressive voice, but which also resonates powerfully on an emotional level.

This album is a perfect case in point. The repertoire here includes music from composers as diverse as David Bowie, Thelonius Monk, Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, Joni Mitchell, George Gershwin, John Lennon and Paul McCartney. Claire unites all of these songs with the power of her artistry, from the lush and sophisticated reimagining of Joni Mitchell's ‘Two Grey Rooms' (courtesy of an arrangement by the brilliant Mark-Anthony Turnage), to her stark and moving version of The Beatles' ‘She's Leaving Home'. Whether a piece has the grand design of the former, or the naked simplicity of the latter, it is the depth and richness of Claire's instrument, her impeccable taste and her profound ability as a storyteller which pulls me in and keeps me there.

She is also a risk taker. For a jazz vocalist to attempt a major recording project largely featuring a cello quartet as the main or even sole underpinning takes courage. I think the fact that the collaboration is so successful here can be attributed to three factors: Claire's vision and will to pull it off, the wonderful Montpellier Cello Quartet and the gifted arrangers represented. Add to that the artful contributions of Joe Stilgoe, Laurence Cottle, Gareth Williams, Jeremy Brown and Ben Reynolds and it becomes evident that this recording is bursting at the seams with talent and creativity.

In the period before this project was conceived, Claire lost a friend, colleague, teacher and confidant in the form of the great Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. As she so honestly expressed, ‘Richard's death blew a hole right through me'. Indeed, that sense of loss is a recurring theme here. ‘Featherfall', ‘She's Leaving Home', ‘Lost For Words', ‘My Man's Gone Now' and ‘Two Grey Rooms' all deal with this painful and universal subject. By wrestling with her own difficult feelings, Claire holds up a mirror for the rest of us in the form of these compositions and with it the potential for transformation and catharsis.

In his poem, Separation, W.S. Merwyn wrote: ‘Your absence has gone through me like thread through a needle. Everything I do is stitched with its color.' Claire, in trying to reconcile the loss of her dear friend, also celebrates the beauty he left behind with two examples of his excellence on this sublime offering. Claire Martin is an important artist who continues to get better and go deeper with each new release. © Joe Locke, 2014

Claire Martin On Tour With The Montpellier Cello Quartet
04 September 2014
Claire takes 'Time & Place' on the road.
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Jazz History Online
'The accompaniment of the Montpellier Cello Quartet brings out the rich tone of Martin's voice...'
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BBC Radio 2 'Clare Teal'
'gorgeous album'


Bop-N-Jazz
5 Stars
'Claire Martin is that rare vocal artist never afraid to push the lyrical envelope!'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
'Time and Place is one of those rare things: an album of standouts...Bennett's arrangement of album opener ‘My Ship', featuring just Martin and the Quartet, is a thing of unfathomable beauty...'
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About.com
'Martin's work here is exemplary: rich, romantic, fervent and classy.'
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Mojo
4 Stars
'British Jazz's First Lady in a chamber music setting featuring cello quartet.'
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All About Jazz
4½ Stars
'Few vocalists are as elegant and eloquent as Claire Martin...she's one of the crown jewels of the jazz world.'
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18 September 2014 to 18 September 2014
England
St George's Hall, Bristol, England, United Kingdom


21 September 2014 to 21 September 2014
England
RNCM, Manchester, England, United Kingdom


22 September 2014 to 22 September 2014
England
Sage, Gateshead, England, United Kingdom


26 September 2014 to 26 September 2014
England, London
St James's, Piccadilly, London, England, United Kingdom


29 September 2014
England
Colston Hall 2 -The Lantern, Bristol


30 September 2014
England
Brighton Old Market, Brighton, England, United Kingdom


01 October 2014
England
SJE Arts, Oxford


09 October 2014 to 09 October 2014
England
Friends Life Sports and Social Club, Pixham Lane Dorking England United Kingdom
Revoice festival

31 October 2014 to 31 October 2014
England
Wakefield Jazz Club, Wakefield
with The Montpellier Cello Quartet

07 November 2014
England
Lighthouse, Poole
with the Montpellier Cello Quartet 

30 November 2014 to 30 November 2014
England
National Centre for Early Music, York
with The Montpellier Cello Quartet