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Jazzman
"... son chaleureux et atmosphère lounge."
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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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New York Times
beautifully acted interpretations
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Cabaret Scenes
"Claire Martin is one of the best jazz interpreters around."
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New York Times
"Ms. Martin's subtle, beautifully acted interpretations give them [the songs] their due. "
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Jazz.com
5 Stars
her voice carries the unmistakable smokiness of June Christy
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The Times
together they make a stylish combination
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Jazz Review
In short: a gem of an album, pulling off the difficult feat of simultaneously showcasing Martin's unrivalled vocal gifts and celebrating the extraordinarily moving quality of Horn's music. Strongly recommended.
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The Jazz Rag
The result is wholly listenable - a happy hour of music.
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Record Collector
4 Stars
Martin sings with her now familiar emotional power, maintaining her concentration with the song in hand, and always remaining totally believable.
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Jazz Times
(Her) voice is one of the most satisfying instruments in jazz.
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BBC Music Magazine
5 Stars
Claire Martin shows why she's one of today's most sought-after singers
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Die Weltwoche
Claire Martin ist eine dergrossen Jazzsängerinnen der Zeit.
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Limelight
4½ Stars
As befitting someone whose musical intelligence, jazz spirit and individuality make her the complete singer, England's finest jazz diva stamps her own personality on each track.
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Audio and Video Review
5 Stars
Yet another stunning release on the world-renowned label Linn Records.
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Jazz UK
As beautifully done as you might expect from such a class act.
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The Star Ledger
It's hard to imagine Horn not being impressed with Martin's tribute.
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Mojo
4 Stars
A quiet beauty for admirers of small-hours jazz.
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The Sunday Post
Another great album from a British jazz icon - CD of the Week
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The Observer
Martin has a perfect jazz voice - warm, textured and subtle.
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
Claire Martin ticks that final box and moves closer to becoming the complete jazz singer she's always threatened to be.
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Independent on Sunday
A superior vocalist for a long time - (Claire Martin) has developed real grain and character in her voice.
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The Sunday Times
3 Stars
Martin's smoky voice has never sounded more authoritative.
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Mojo
Perhaps Martin's best album.
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
It's hard to pick and choose from so many good tracks...Very highly recommended!
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Yorkshire Post
An exceptionally fine album from one of the best singers around.
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The Scotsman
3 Stars
CLAIRE Martin has remained at the top of the ever-growing heap of UK jazz singers over the past decade and more.
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Evening Standard
4 Stars
Demonstrates the poised phrasing and smoky tone that make Ms Martin our most sophisticated jazz singer.
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Time Out
Our fave female jazz singer, Martin is absolutely peerless.
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www.girlsingers.org
4 Stars
Ms. Martin is often called "The UK's finest jazz singer." This disc makes a strong case.
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Rainbow Network Website
5 Stars
What is impressive is the range of Martin’s voice which is, by turns, soaring, sensuous, plaintive and powerful.
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Atlanta Audio Society
Claire Martin has an intuitive sense of how to handle the emotion in a song lyric, or even a single word.
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The Vortex Website / Magazine
In short: a gem of an album. Strongly recommended.
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The Herald
4 Stars
Without imitating her heroine, (Claire Martin) captures her essence beautifully.
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Record Collector
4 Stars
Considered by many, this writer included, as the UK's premier jazz singer.
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Observer Music Monthly
4 Stars
The complete jazz singer she's always threatened to be.
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The Guardian
4 Stars
If anyone can get away with a Shirley Horn tribute, it's Claire Martin, whose subtle musical intelligence and jazz sensibilities have been deepening for a long time.
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BBC Website
Shirley's passed the flame to Claire, who's using it to light fireworks. Go girl!
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The First Post (website)
Claire Martin shows yet again why she is the classiest and most convincing UK female singer around.
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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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Scotland on Sunday
Order this CD pronto: it's a gem.
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The Sunday Post
As always with Linn, the recording sounds fantastic.
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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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JazzReview.com
not only formidable talent but good taste
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Jazz Times
Listen to Martin dazzle
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Good Sound.com
an exciting, engaging blend
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Jazzwise
You do really feel that you're sitting either in the middle of the group or next to the band
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Scotland on Sunday
an artist of great musicality
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Yorkshire Post
another peach of an album
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Jazz Review
Martin is breezy, even masterful
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
One of Claire's best albums to date
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The Herald
4 Stars
A superb collection
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The Guardian
4 Stars
Very classy indeed
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The Scotsman
hip-but-sophisticated interpretations
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Audio & Video Lifestyle Australia
4 Stars
will really get your toes a-tappin'
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CODA jazz magazine
Martin is a true jazz performer
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BBCi
wrings passion from every belted-out note
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In-Tune International
[an] appealing smoky-tinged voice
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Rainbownetwork.com
4 Stars
sexy and seductive
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ejazznews
the slightly husky tones of her voice make the spine tingle
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Audiophile Audition
these tracks are near demonstration quality
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The Observer
To be original without sounding outlandish or just plain dotty is a difficult trick to bring off, especially for singers but Claire Martin has always managed it with grace and poise.
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CC Newz
I recommend this CD without hesitation.
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Audiophile Audition
Very, very highly recommended!
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Brighton Evening Argus
Widely recognised as the best British jazz singer of her generation
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HMV Choice
Claire Martin still seems as fresh a talent as ever.
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Evening Standard
Talent, personality and a refreshingly slick approach.
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Jazz UK
Claire Martin has been a class act for years.
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Audio & Video Lifestyle Australia
5 Stars
This album is one classy jazz vocal release that will be hard to beat. *****
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Her voice is darker and more persuasive than on previous records.
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LP: Magazine for Analogue Hi-Fi and Vinyl Culture
Linn sets the bar with this release.
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Claire Martin - live review - The Stage


13 February 2009
The Stage
Sheila Tracy

Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett

A relaxed duo, both accomplished performers, offering up a delightful selection of songs, some rarely heard, provides the perfect form of entertainment for a venue that is fast regaining its popularity with an excellent choice of artists.

Eight years have passed since Claire Martin, jazz vocalist supreme, teamed up with Richard Rodney Bennett, highly rated composer and pianist, during which time their elegant presentation has brought them admiration in both London and New York, where they will be appearing at the Algonquin for two weeks at the end of May.

Their first set, entitled Witchcraft, features the music of Cy Coleman, a composer and pianist, like Bennett, who provides some interesting background material when introducing the lesser known of his songs. The second half produces a mixture of well chosen familiar and unfamiliar offerings, some swingers, some point numbers, both of which Martin handles with consummate ease.

It is a refreshing change to hear a singer with piano accompaniment rather than a complete rhythm section and Bennett's playing is perfection, which had me wondering why we are not treated to a piano feature or two as opposed to him sharing the vocalising on several of the songs. The occasional verse and duet is ideal and works well, such as on the ballad Sweet and Slow, where their two voices blend beautifully, but singing solo on around half a dozen offerings is maybe a few too many.


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