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The Arts Desk
4 Stars
'Onomatopoeic delights and acerbic wit from top-drawer duo.'
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Blogcritics
'Time and Place is Claire Martin at the top of her game.'
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London Jazz
'...a wondrous collection of old and new songs...[with] an outstanding band.'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
'The hallmark of a great Claire Martin album is always the excellent arrangements, and in combination with superb playing and Linn's magnificent sound,Time & Place does not disappoint - this may be her very best album yet.'
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Choice Magazine
'An album full of delights and surprises.'
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Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
'...there's tons of class throughout Time and Place. Half the intrigue lies in exactly that, the blend of the genteel with the git-down, the acumen in conflating two worlds to come up with a third...'
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Daily Info, Oxford
‘Tonight's was a programme I wasn't expecting; nonetheless, I melted into its warm, soothing embrace, and I'll be dancing in the dark for a few hours yet.’
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Le BabillART
'Claire Martin créée une infusion de son magique de la musique jazz de chambre à partir d'un groupe éclectique d'auteurs-compositeurs.'
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The Sunday Times
‘She's Leaving Home is a match for Lennon and McCartney's original. Martin has never sounded more authoritative.’
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Deep Roots
'Ms. Martin's many admirers will not be surprised by the impact she makes with her cool approach, and newcomers to her art will find a reason to believe.'
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BebopSpokenHere
'Last night at Sage Gateshead was superb and so was Claire, cellos notwithstanding, she gave a professional performance that clarified her position as numero uno.'
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WBGO Radar
'The cabaret song [Goodbye For Now], performed with just voice and piano, is a fitting tribute to Bennett, and captures Martin's spirit at its best: she is wistfully clear-eyed and optimistic as only those who have truly lived can be.'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'[Claire] has rarely sounded so commanding and moving...'
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Jazz History Online
'As with all of Martin's recordings, the audio quality is exceptional...'
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BBC Radio 2 'Clare Teal'
'gorgeous album'
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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'...is a thing of unfathomable beauty...'
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Mojo
4 Stars
'British Jazz's First Lady innately personalises the songs of Kurt Weill, David Bowie, Thelonious Monk, Richard Rodney Bennett and others.'
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About.com
'Martin's work here is exemplary: rich, romantic, fervent and classy.'
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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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Claire Martin - Time & Place - In Tune


01 October 2015
In Tune
Dan Singer

Claire Martin is assisted here by the Montpellier Cello Quartet. Their semi-classical instrumental assist offers something of a lustrous new most effective luscious sound for Claire. It's very similar to the serious non-foolery imposing 1956 Sinatra/Riddle "Close To You" session of the Hollywood String Quartet led by Felix Slatkin. As was then, there's no brass to be found. It's really another way to really hear the lyrics and the singer up close. Like all of Ms. Martin's cds, her eleven-song program here really satisfies. "My Ship" (Weill/Gershwin) from Broadway's 1941 "Lady In The Dark" never fails to amaze and thrill. Here in the hands of Ms. Martin it's given a superb sobering treatment as only she can deliver. "Round Midnight" (Monk/Hanighen) is musically mysterious with Claire's painfully emotional singing. It's certainly about time that this standard was given another impressive version like this one. "My Man's Gone Now" (Gershwin/Heyward) is from the 1935 Broadway opera "Porgy And Bess". She unfailingly captures the agonizing mood of this song and most of the resounding score. On a very conscious level this team of singer and quartet really hits it home.   


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