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4 Stars
'Onomatopoeic delights and acerbic wit from top-drawer duo.'
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'...offers something of a lustrous new most effective luscious sound for Claire..."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.'
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'Time and Place is Claire Martin at the top of her game.'
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'...a wondrous collection of old and new songs...[with] an outstanding band.'
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Audiophile Audition
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'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
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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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'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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'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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'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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'As with all of Martin's recordings, the audio quality is exceptional...'
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'Martin's work here is exemplary: rich, romantic, fervent and classy.'
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Mojo
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Claire Martin - Time & Place - Bop-N-Jazz


06 September 2014
Bop-N-Jazz
Brent Black
5 Stars

Claire Martin makes vocal jazz sexy again with a smoldering sophistication of timeless elegance. The latest offering finds Martin paired with the Montpellier Cello Quartet and the results are striking. Chamber jazz meets modern music with an organ pulse and evocative style that only Martin can seem to embrace.

The tunes you know yet that are more to the eclectic side with marvelous adaptations of such favorites as the David Bowie classic "The Man Who Sold The World" along with such standards as "My Ship" and a stellar cover of "Round Midnight." No matter the style, Martin crawls inside a lyric and gets comfortable and allows the listener to follow her on the same journey. A rare Joni Mitchell number "Two Grey Rooms" may be the crowning jewel of this recording while the Montpellier Cello Quartet adds a unique texture to a presentation that could have easily gone the other way.

Claire Martin has taken traditional vocal jazz to the next level and it is about time!
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