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Claire Martin - Too Much in Love to Care - The Observer


29 April 2012
The Observer
Dave Gelly
4 Stars

Like all really good jazz singers, Claire Martin blossoms in the presence of really good jazz musicians. In this case her accompaniment is in the hands of Kenny Barron, a pianist of brilliance and intuitive delicacy, and she has never sounded better. The two of them, reshaping Gershwin's "Embraceable You", epitomise the artistry that has kept such classic songs alive. From Barron's ingenious introduction to Martin's final phrase, beautifully controlled at almost a whisper, it's perfect. All 13 tracks contain similar delights. The bass-and-drums dream team of Kenny and Peter Washington completes the picture.
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