Claire Martin - Perfect Alibi - The Leeds Guide
01 July 2000The Leeds Guide
on a roll at the moment. As well as recently becoming knowing as the presenter
of Radio 3s Saturday afternoon's Jazz Line Up, she's also been nominated as
Best Jazz Vocalist of 2000. Perfect Alibi on Linn Records sees a blurring of
musical boundaries with the innovative album, although ironically most of the
tracks are re-workings of classic pop tunes arranged by Paul Stacey. She covers
songs of writers as diverse as Phoebe Snow, Laura Nyro, John Martyn, Jimi
Hendrix, Tod Rundgren and Julia Fordham. Even David Cassidy gets a nod with the
dreamboat's Cherish album. The unmistakable deep husky vocals of John Martin
can be heard on his own composition Man
In The Station. With more extremely compatible blend of vocals. Up From The Skies written by legendary
guitarist and vocalist Jimi Hendrix is presented as a straight ahead swinger,
far removed from the original; a brave step for Martin, I hope she doesn't get
any flack from Hendrix fans!
Taken as a
whole there are 12 tracks of warm, stylish and compelling vocals and some fine
musicianship, with the likes of guitarist Paul Stacey, vibes player Anthony
Kerr and a whole stream of other exemplary players.
straying from the traditional notion of a jazz album it's a refreshing concept
and very listenable.
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