From an exciting new arrangement of Something's Coming from Bernstein's West Side Story, to Joni Mitchell's Blue Motel Room arranged by jazz singer Ian Shaw, the album mixes jazz standards with new arrangements to create an original showcase for Claire's clever musicality and superb vocals.
Too Darn Hot! features an enviable line-up of some of Britain's top jazz talents plus the Tapestry String Quartet.
Claire Martin - vocals
Gareth Williams - piano
Geoffrey Keezer - piano and electric piano
Richard Cottle - keyboards and organ
Geoff Gascoyne - double bass
Laurence Cottle - bass guitars
Clark Tracey - drums
Ian Thomas - drums
Nigel Hitchcock - saxes
Phil Robson - guitar
Miles Bould - percussion
Ian Shaw - additional vocals
The Tapestry String Quartet
Recorded at Snakeranch Studios, London, 2-5 April & 6-7 May 2002
Additional Recording at Denham Grange studio 14-17 May 2002
Producer: Richard Cottle
Recording Engineers: Gerry O’Riordan, Phil Harmer, Richard Cottle, John Gallen. Assistant Engineer: Paul Richardson
Mixed at Cottage Studios, Glasgow, 13 – 15 August 2002
Mix Engineer: Calum Malcolm
Claire would like to thank Richard Cottle for endless energy, enthusiasm and encouragement. This has been a most enjoyable recording experience and your judgement, insight and musicianship have been outstanding.
Sir Richard Rodney Bennett for song suggestions and two beautiful arrangements. Joel Siegel for a brilliant new lyric (hope you like the tempo!) - thank you both for your continued support and friendship.
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A relaxed duo offering up a delightful selection of songsmore >>Jazzwise
You do really feel that you're sitting either in the middle of the group or next to the bandmore >>The Observer
To be original without sounding outlandish or just plain dotty is a difficult trick to bring off, especially for singers but Claire Martin has always managed it with grace and poise.more >>CC Newz
I recommend this CD without hesitation.more >>Brighton Evening Argus
Widely recognised as the best British jazz singer of her generationmore >>Audiophile Audition
Very, very highly recommended!more >>HMV Choice
Claire Martin still seems as fresh a talent as ever.Jazz UK
Claire Martin has been a class act for years.more >>Jazzwise
Her voice is darker and more persuasive than on previous records.more >>Evening Standard
Talent, personality and a refreshingly slick approach.more >>Audio & Video Lifestyle Australia
This album is one classy jazz vocal release that will be hard to beat. *****more >>LP: Magazine for Analogue Hi-Fi and Vinyl Culture
Linn sets the bar with this release.more >>
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