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Jazz Scene
'Claire Martin has a fine jazz voice...she'll do quite well.'
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'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. »
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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.'
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In Vox
'...sensitive, emphatic, intimate. A truly flexible voice, lithely swaying the lyrics in the midst of captivating melodies.'
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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
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The Times
'The most polished jazz performer to emerge in this country in the past three or four years.'
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'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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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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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 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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'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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Claire Martin - The Waiting Game - The Wire


01 September 1992
The Wire
Andy Hamilton

It's no exaggeration to say that Claire Martin is the most phenomenal vocal talent yet to appear on the British jazz scene. This is her debut album. Only 24, her musicality is precocious and breathtakingly assured. Flexibility, control, swing, superb intonation, she has them all.

For The Waiting Game she has a sympathetic band featuring marvellous Jim Mullen on guitar and excellent Jonathan Gee on piano, and it's clear from her live performances that she really listens to what they're doing. Arnie Somogyi and Clark Tracey complete the line-up here. The programme backs up Mark Murphy's assertion that "good songs are being written today. You just have to go out and find them". This is just what Ms Martin has done, and the result is varied and challenging. The title-track is an original by Martin and Gee. Joni Mitchell's "Be Cool", "Some Cats" by Leiber and Stoller are side-by-side with "Everything Happens To Me" and Rodgers and Hart's "This Funny World".

It's Claire Martin's maturiry that is so astonishing, her style cool and sometimes blase in the way she throws off a lyric, her voice deep and husky. Afrer such mid-Atlantic assurance it's a bit of a shock to hear the Cockney accent introducing the wonderfully witty "(All I Want Is) The Key To Your Ferrari": "There was one room in his house that he always kept locked, and that was his gawidge...". "Tight" invites comparison with the classic original version on The Audience with Betty Carter from 1979. It was risky to try and follow thar, but Claire Martin's vocal twists and turns approach Betty Carter's.

Composer and non-singing (non-jazz) singer Richard Rodney Bennett, in his eulogising sleevenote, suggests thar nothing has been lost from live performances. But that's not quite right. In this year's Glasgow Jazz Festival, Claire supported Mr Tony Bennett, no less, who was very complimentary about her singing. (Just as well, since it was a marvellous set - in some contrast to what followed.) "The People That You Never Get To Love", a beautifully sharp Rupert Holmes song, seemed to pack more punch on that occasion than here. But there's plenty of time yet for The Audience with Claire Martin. If you're sceptical about my opening claim, start by checking out The Waiting Game.


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