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When Lights Are Low

Claire Martin

When Lights Are Low

AKD 392 (Linn Records)
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1
My One And Only

My One And Only

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer George Gershwin
2:39 Play $1.70
2
I Was A Little Too Lonely

I Was A Little Too Lonely

Band Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Jay Livingston, Raymond B Evans
2:02 Play $1.70
3
My Mood Is You

My Mood Is You

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano
Writer Carl Sigman
3:17 Play $1.70
4
World Weary

World Weary

Band Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Noel Coward
3:07 Play $1.70
5
When Lights Are Low

When Lights Are Low

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Benny Carter, Spencer Williams
2:56 Play $1.70
6
Fools Fall in Love

Fools Fall in Love

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano
Writer Irving Berlin
3:17 Play $1.70
7
I Got a Right to Sing the Blues

I Got a Right to Sing the Blues

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano
Writer Harold Arlen, Ted Koehler
3:39 Play $1.70
8
Baby Plays Around

Baby Plays Around

Band Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Cait O’Riordan, Elvis Costello
3:29 Play $1.70
9
The Very Thought of You

The Very Thought of You

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano
Writer Ray Noble
4:54 Play $1.70
10
What I Was Warned About

What I Was Warned About

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Hugh Martin
2:52 Play $1.70
11
Baby, Don’t You Quit Now

Baby, Don’t You Quit Now

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Jimmy Rowles, Johnny Mercer
3:00 Play $1.70
12
No Love, No Nothing

No Love, No Nothing

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Harry Warren, Robin Leo
3:44 Play $1.70
13
Not Exactly Paris

Not Exactly Paris

Band Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Michael Leonard, Russell E George
3:15 Play $1.70
14
Any Place I Hang my Hat is Home

Any Place I Hang my Hat is Home

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen
2:49 Play $1.70
15
I Keep Going Back to Joe’s

I Keep Going Back to Joe’s

Band Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Marvin Fisher, Jack Segal
3:32 Play $1.70
16
We’ll Be Together Again

We’ll Be Together Again

Band Claire Martin – Vocals, Richard Rodney Bennett – Piano & vocals
Writer Carl Fischer, Frankie Laine
3:45 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 52 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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The eleventh studio album by five-times BBC Jazz Award Winner Claire Martin, on this occasion with pianist, singer and composer Richard Rodney Bennett.

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Claire Martin

Claire Martin

The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin, has won Best Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards on six separate occasions and was awarded an O.B.E. in 2011.
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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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Produced by Richard Cottle



The unstoppable duo of Claire Martin and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, a partnership polished over two decades, originally released their stylish duo album ‘When Lights Are Low' in 2006 to critical acclaim.

Re-issued in Sir Richard's 75th birthday year to partner their new duo album ‘Witchcraft'.

'Order this CD pronto: it's a gem.' Scotland on Sunday

Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett are on top of their game in this smoothly elegant collection of terrific, but not overly-exposed songs. This is an inventive and charming selection of material now getting some deserved attention. The titles reflect the vast knowledge and innate good taste of these artists and the entire CD is a treat from start to finish. Fans of this distinguished pair will be thrilled to add this recording to their collection, while those hearing them for the first time will quickly join the great numbers of us who enjoy them so much.

My admiration for Claire Martin dates from her first recording for Linn Records in 1992 called “The Waiting Game”. Her musicianship, natural vocal craftsmanship, perfection of pitch, substantial vocal range and ability to swing are characteristics that make listening to her one of the true joys of my life. Claire does not “mess” with songs; she does not over-embellish; she does not attempt any razzle-dazzle merely for the sake of flash and she is supremely confident. She is one of the most intelligent and intuitive singers of this generation. I go on applauding every syllable she utters.

It seems to me that Claire Martin has not encountered any sort of misstep in judgment since she first began to sing with regularity and it may be predicted with confidence that she will continue to thrive. She is skilled in her craft and intelligent in her choices. It is a master stroke as well that she and Richard Rodney Bennett have joined forces on more than one occasion, rapidly becoming this generation’s most gracious and popular jazz and cabaret performers.

My friendship with Richard began when first we met in 1981. At the time, I knew only that a charming man with an elegant British accent had entered my life, that he played piano beautifully and sang some lovely songs. In time I became aware of Richard’s many accomplishments including his highly ambitious compositions for symphonies, operas and ballets. He has received Academy Award nominations for film scores “Four Weddings And A Funeral”, “Murder On the Orient Express”, “Enchanted April”, “The Return Of The Soldier” and my personal favorite, the 1977 “Equus”, directed by Sidney Lumet. Like many of us, Richard was fascinated by jazz at any early age, and he was able to earn his living as a young jazz pianist while studying with Pierre Boulez in Paris. One can readily hear jazz influences in his playing today, and perhaps even more importantly in this context, he demonstrates a particularly sensitive awareness of the art of accompanying. Over the years, he’s played for many singers including Cleo Laine, Annie Ross, Chris Connor and even lucky me! And lest we forget, he himself ranks among the very best of the singer-pianists performing today.

As soon as “When Lights Are Low” arrived in my mailbox, I hurriedly popped it into the portable player, adjusted the headset, and settled into a comfortable chair with notepad. Mistakenly, I thought a simple method to indicate which tracks I’d choose for special mention would be a little * beside each title. When I found I’d ticked the first eight tracks, I abandoned the system entirely. Each selection is brilliant, but I must admit these took me straight to heaven:

Claire sings Fools Fall In Love, the seldom-heard Irving Berlin classic, with such an exquisite intensity that I found myself quickly playing it over several times before I was able to move on. Her voice is so well-suited to the range of the tune, and she sings it with such heartfelt sincerity, it is truly a form of vocal instruction for those who aspire to a career in jazz or cabaret. Please let this version be your guiding light.

Richard has chosen Not Exactly Paris, a song destined to be “covered” many, many times, as one of his ballads. Once again, the listener will be moved by the lyric and the plaintive quality of Richard’s voice. This is a beautiful song, sung by a Master. World Weary is another favorite, taken at a jaunty tempo, and I Keep Going Back To Joe’s is the most moving version of the song I’ve ever heard.

Of course, all the music on this CD is superbly sung, played by Richard in a lilting, swinging style when necessary, softly caressing Claire’s and his own voice on the ballads.

I tell you what: pretend it’s Christmas morning and there, beneath the tree, are 16* beautifully wrapped presents, each one only for you. It’s time to sip a little champagne and begin opening the first one.

Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett sparkle and shine, soothe and swing, all in one glorious package. If at all possible, I hope you accept the opportunity to hear them sing in person some evening.

Carol Sloane
Stoneham, Massachusetts
July 3, 2005
www.carolsloane.com

Claire Martin - vocals
Richard Rodney Bennett - Piano & vocals
All tracks arranged by Richard Rodney Bennett

Producer: Richard Cottle
Recorded at: Systems Two Studio, Brooklyn, New York
Engineer: Calum Malcolm
Studio Assistant: Max
SA-CD Mixing and Mastering by: Julia Thomas, Finesplice UK

Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett on Tour 2011
11 May 2011
Spellbinding Jazz on Tour
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Claire Martin at the CBSO Centre
07 October 2010
singer set to wow Birmingham on 5th November
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Don't miss Claire and Sir Richard at the Pheasantry...
29 June 2010
Four nights with the fantastic duo
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Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett announce new dates
08 June 2010
Critically-acclaimed show is brought to London!
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Concert dates and BBC performances for Claire Martin
19 January 2009
Jazz singer starts 2009 with tour and broadcasts.
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The New York Observer
"Her appearances in New York are rare. Don't even think about missing this one."
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
Martin was mesmerizing...she consistently sparkles
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Cabaret Scenes
"Claire Martin is one of the best jazz interpreters around."
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New York Times
beautifully acted interpretations
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New York Times
"Ms. Martin's subtle, beautifully acted interpretations give them [the songs] their due. "
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The Times
together they make a stylish combination
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The Stage
A relaxed duo offering up a delightful selection of songs
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All About Jazz website
One of my favorite jazz vocalists.
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The Times
The most intelligent and assured singer in the country.
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Jazz Times
For my money she's not only the finest female British jazz singer of her generation but possibly of all time.
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www.jazzreview.com
A delightful union of two of the UK's most recognized talents.
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Atlanta Audio Society
This Linn SACD was a revelation for me.
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Evening Standard
In lively form.
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Birmingham Post
Jazz CD of the Week
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Good Sound Magazine
One of the best jazz singers around.
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Audiophile Audition
Very, very highly recommended!
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The Sunday Times
As polished as you could hope for.
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Yorkshire Post
There isn’t a better singer than (Claire Martin) around.
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The Sunday Post
As always with Linn, the recording sounds fantastic.
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Scotland on Sunday
Order this CD pronto: it's a gem.
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Daily Telegraph
Style does not go out of style.
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Jazzwise
A joy from start to finish.
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HMV Choice
Just over an hour of pure class.
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The Herald
A treat of the most sophisticated kind.
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05 March 2014 to 06 March 2014
England, London
Ronnie Scott's Jazz Club, London, England, United Kingdom
The Ronnie Scotts All Stars

19 March 2014 to 19 March 2014
England
Middlesbrough Town hall, Albert Road, Middlesbrough, England, United Kingdom
The BBC Big Band and Claire Martin present ‘The Big Band Divas’

22 March 2014 to 22 March 2014
England, London
Kings Place, London, England, United Kingdom
Claire Martin with The Montpellier Cello Quartet