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Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett - When Lights Are Low - Jazz Times


01 February 2006
Jazz Times
Christopher Louden

A perfectly mixed rusty nail requires three parts scotch to one part Drambuie. It's a potent recipe that accurately describes the first full-length pairings of old pals Claire Martin and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett.
Drambuie is a honey-smooth concoction that masks a powerful kick, and that's Martin. For my money she's not only the finest female British jazz singer of her generation but possibly of all time. Martin handles vocal duty on six of the disc's 16 tracks. The mellow, well-aged scotch is the multitalented Bennett. Though best known for his film-composition work, the dexterous 69-year-old is equally skilled as an arranger and pianist, as demonstrated throughout this masterful folio of familiar standards and lesser-known treasures. It is, though, Bennett the underappreciated singer who here impresses most.
Flying solo on seven tracks, Bennett lends his distinctively bipolar style (simultaneously suggesting the gut-bucket splendor of Dr. John and the black-tie elegance of Fred Astaire) to tunes that delightfully extend from Noel Coward's soigne World Weary to Elvis Costello's forlorn Baby Plays Around. The cherry in this heady cocktail is the trio of tracks on which Martin and Bennett join forces, particularly a sublime interweaving of The Very Thought of You and I Thought About You. Drink up.

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