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The International Review of Music
'A versatile performer with the capacity to find the inner life of whatever she sings.'
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4½ Stars
'...this disc proves she has arrived as an impeccable master artist and one of the greatest living voices in jazz.'
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'...Martin is a wonderful interpreter who's perfectly paired with Bennett...'
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"...their partnership has created a rare and special collaboration where the superlative product is truly more than the sum of its parts."
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'...sung to perfection by England's best young jazz singer, Claire Martin.'
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MusicWeb International
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"Here's a lovely record...Martin is excellent throughout"
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Theater Mania
"...her smokey voice caresses the composer's melodies."
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'Martin's jazz virtuosity adds another dimension. When her honeyed timbre slips into the lower register she captures the romance of a Ben Webster tenor solo.'
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Scotland on Sunday
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"...a joy to hear."
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'...her intimate, deceptively unfussy vocal style perfectly complemented by his flawlessly eloquent piano.'
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Jazzwise
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'...every one is a small gem.'
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'...the result is one timeless version of a song after another...Unequivocally recommended.'
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Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett - Live Review - The Walman Report


16 May 2011
The Walman Report / Culinary Gourmet
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The very pretty Ms. Martin's head voice may recall June Christy while her rich chest voice is somewhat reminiscent of Cleo Laine, but make no mistake: Martin is a seasoned vocalist/performer and the end result is uniquely original. Mercifully, the act is straight forward, without distracting patter and historical references. Sir Rodney gives subtle support on piano and offers a solid left hand, which is a good rhythmic stand-in for the non-existent rhythm section. 

Berlin gems with arrangements by Richard and vocals by Claire include a catchy opening syncopation of Puttin' on the Ritz, a terrific rendition of Change Partners, a strikingly insightful What'll I Do?, and the best versions of Let's Face the Music and Dance and Cheek to Cheek we've heard in years. There are a smattering of lesser known tunes as well, contrasted by such tried and true standards as How Deep is the Ocean and Midnight Choo Choo.

Confirming the old adage , , , less is more, Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett offer a fitting conclusion to a memorable season of the fabled Oak Room at the Algonquin Hotel and deserve you patronage. A class act. Don't miss it.


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