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The Jazz Breakfast
"A life-affirming evening of sophisticated modern art."
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You'll be hard pressed to do better than her latest release
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Jazz Magazine
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Music-Web International
"...an interesting digression in her musical journey."
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The Jazz Rag
Claire "at her most expressive"
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allaboutjazz.com
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Audio Video Club of Atlanta
"...this time it's personal..."
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Audiophile Audition
4 Stars
"...very highly recommended!"
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In Tune International
"...assured, imaginative and irresistible..."
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allgigs.co.uk
"The verdict? Super collection."
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Jazz Journal
"lovers of superior jazz singing should acquire without delay."
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thejazzmann.com
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"'A Modern Art' might just be her best album yet."
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The Vortex
"Quite simply a cracker of an album."
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SoundStage.com
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"In every song you can hear the singer's joy of creation and delight in performance."
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Mojo
4 Stars
"...there’s no way she could come up with anything less than quality"
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The Observer
"Her warm, natural style is complemented by the cream of today's British jazz scene."
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muszeroldal.hu
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Record Collector (Easy Listening)
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"An album that keep you on your toes."
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Record Collector
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"[Claire Martin's] in scintillating form..."
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BBC Music Magazine
4 Stars
"Martin's delivery is artful across the genres."
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The Times
"...utterly assured."
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UKVibe.org
4 Stars
"'A Modern Art' seems set to be her most [album] successful to date."
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The Jazz Breakfast
"This is, I think, the best one yet."
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Soul and Jazz and Funk
"an intriguing mix of brand new material"
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Sunday Times
4 Stars
"The most gifted jazz singer this country has produced in 20 years..."
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Scotland on Sunday
"Her eight-piece band is funky and certainly swings."
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The Guardian
a consummate jazz singer with old-school virtues
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Time Out
4 Stars
... her finest album to date
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The Scotsman
4 Stars
"...she is still a cut above the competition..."
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Irish Times
4 Stars
"Claire Martin has such class and authority..."
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Northern Echo (Jazz Notes)
"...must go straight into the best of 2009 list. It is a stunning tribute to an outstanding jazz singer..."
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London Evening Standard
4 Stars
Claire Martin always delivers the goods
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BBC online
Claire's voice starts silky and breathy and expands to gospel proportions
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Venue Magazine
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Greater Manchester City Life
4 Stars
"the singer herself is the incarnation of sass and vivacity"
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Metro
"beautifully delivered with trademark cool-school virtuosity by Martin."
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
"Claire Martin is really very good"
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Audiophile Audition
Great surround involvement via Linn's hi-res sonics.
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EJazzNews
Overall, this is a superbly produced and acutely envisioned project.
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Scotland On Sunday
At once referential and quite different.
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Scotland on Sunday
The soulful Shaw has succeeded in making the 14 very personal and evocative songs his own.
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The Vortex website
Something of a triumph.
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Jazz Review
Neither fans of Joni Mitchell nor followers of jazz singer Ian Shaw will be disappointed by this "tribute" album.
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Mojo
4 Stars
For years now, Ian Shaw has been topping Britain's Best Jazz Singer polls.
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The Scotsman
Britain's top male jazz vocalist.
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BBC Interactive
An eye-watering vocal range and bucketloads of soul.
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Jazz Times
Praised far and wide as the single greatest male jazz vocalist Britain has to offer.
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Yorkshire Post
This superb CD is a reminder of his sheer class.
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The List
An album with strong crossover potential.
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The Herald
Ian Shaw is a brave man.
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The Sunday Times
Mitchell would surely be intrigued.
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The Times
A heartfelt album.
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Time Out
Our fave jazz singer, Shaw's been in fine form recently.
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
Sometimes an album just comes out right.
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Claire Martin and Ian Shaw live - Norfolk and Norwich Festival


15 May 2009
EDP24
David Wakefiled

There are singers - and then there are singers: Those able to wring every nuance and emotion out of a melody and a lyric, present it stylishly, and with every word crystal clear.

Truly this wonderful pairing lived up to that billing with something to spare.

Although both are known for their work in the jazz world, Claire Martin and Ian Shaw covered vast amounts of ground in the popular music field - from Stevie Wonder, through Gilbert O'Sullivan to Jimmy Van Heusen and Burt Bacharach - all interpreted with supreme musicianship.

The pair's styles complement each other, with Ian Shaw's bluesy vocals providing a counterpoint to Claire Martin's more jazz-tinged approach.  Mix this with Shaw's humour (he is far funnier than some of today's alleged stand-ups) and you have an evening to remember.

Backed by only Shaw's classy piano, the pair set a swinging standard with the old Sammy Kahn favourite, Teach Me Tonight, and then cleverly mixed high octane swingers with sentimental ballads in a varied programme.  Particularly memorable were a pulsating styling of Joni Mitchell's Big Yellow Taxi, Claire Martin's tribute to the late Esbjorn Svensson with his song Love Is Real, and Shaw's poignant version of Tom Waits' Take It With Me.

A full house responded enthusiastically and clearly would have liked this concert to go on far longer.


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