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Secret Love - Audio & Video Lifestyle Australia


04 October 2004
Audio & Video Lifestyle Australia
4 Stars

Whenever I start to first hear Claire Martin sing I know that there is some classy entertainment to follow. Hot on the heels of her CD and Super Audio CD release Too Darn Hot! comes yet another great release from a truly super jazz vocalist. Born in London in 1967 Claire Martin was raised on a diet of rock and contemporary pop music, her early influences being the likes of Kate Bush and Joni Mitchell. Debuting at the famous Ronnie Scott's in 1988 the then 21 year old has now become England's top jazz vocalist. Secret Love offers a mix of smooth and gentle jazz tracks along with some that will really get your toes a-tappin'. Of special note is the beautiful jazz song God Give Me Strength written by Burt Bacharach - without doubt the premier track on the entire album. A close second though is the title, and opening track, Secret Love, an ideal song that is perfectly suited to Claire's finer jazz vocal styles. That said, although the album features several terrific releases, I found that the over use of drum cymbals did tend to become a tad irritating after a while, especially with the track Get Happy. Secret Love is Claire Martin's tenth album in the Linn Records label and I predict that the sales volume of this release will equal that of her super successful previous release Too Darn Hot!.


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