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 with:
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
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 >>
10 January 2015
10 January 2015Ustinov Theatre
, Bath England United Kingdom
Claire Martin and Ian Shaw - 'A Century of Song'
18 January 2015
18 January 2015Pizza Express Jazz Club
, London England United Kingdom
Ian Shaw with Claire Martin
23 January 2015
23 January 2015Ropetackle Arts Centre
, Shoreham-by-Sea West Sussex England United Kingdom
The South Coast Jazz festival
29 January 2015
29 January 2015South Holland Centre
, Spalding, Lincolnshire England United Kingdom
'A Swingin' Affair'
01 February 2015
01 February 2015Taliesin Theatre
, Swansea Wales United Kingdom
'A Swingin' Affair'
10 February 2015
10 February 2015Varberg Theatre
, Varberg Sweden Europe
11 February 2015
11 February 2015People's House
, Sotenäs Sweden Europe
12 February 2015
12 February 2015Cookin's
, Borås Sweden Europe
Jaz & Blues Society Cookin'
14 February 2015
14 February 2015Trollhättan's Jazz Club
, Trollhätten Sweden Europe
15 February 2015
15 February 2015Jazz in Lerum
, Lerum Sweden Europe
16 February 2015
16 February 2015Jazz Kluben
, Sundsvall Sweden Europe
17 February 2015
17 February 2015Bollnäs Jazz Club
, Bollnäs Sweden Europe
18 February 2015
18 February 2015Öbacka Jazz & Blues
, Härnösand, Sweden Europe
19 February 2015
19 February 2015TBC
, Östersund, Sweden Europe
20 February 2015
20 February 2015Perdido Jazz & Blues Club
, Örnsköldsvik, Sweden Europe
28 February 2015
28 February 2015The Beck Theatre
, Hayes London England United Kingdom
'A Swingin' Affair'