Claire Martin - Too Much in Love to Care - Jazz Rag
02 May 2012Jazz Rag
Claire Martin comes marching on. This time she's back in New York, where
somehow she seems to produce her best work.
Also she's in illustrious company, her pianist being Kenny Barron, one
of whose greatest achievements was in duo with Stan Getz on his latest
recordings. Her bassist and drummer are
the very busy, but unrelated Peter Washington and Kenny Washington. Supplying flute flavourings and alto
alternatives is a new name, Steve Wilson.
This is stated to be her first album totally devoted to the
so-called Great American Songbook.
However, two of them are new to my ears - the title song and Wonder Why - but both very
singable. Otherwise, Claire has selected
a nicely varied programme, stylewise and tempowise, of which not many have been
exhaustively used by singers. And with
her malleable voice, jazz instinctiveness and interpretative powers, she is able
to revitalise most of them. Interestingly,
the most successful instances turn out to be three on which it's just her and
Kenny - Embraceable You, Time After Time
and Too Late Now. Something about happy two-way teamings...
For one reason, Weaver
of Dreams is a favoured track for me - because she manages effectively to
get three whole choruses in, with some nice rephrasings. Elsewhere it's all returning on the bridge,
albeit leading to strong finishes. But
that's a minor quibble on my part, regarding an hour's enjoyable listening.
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