Related Reviews
Jazz.com
5 Stars
her voice carries the unmistakable smokiness of June Christy
more >>
The Stage
A relaxed duo offering up a delightful selection of songs
more >>
JazzReview.com
not only formidable talent but good taste
more >>
Good Sound.com
an exciting, engaging blend
more >>
Scotland on Sunday
an artist of great musicality
more >>
Yorkshire Post
another peach of an album
more >>
Jazzwise
4 Stars
One of Claire's best albums to date
more >>
Jazz Review
Martin is breezy, even masterful
more >>
The Herald
4 Stars
A superb collection
more >>
The Guardian
4 Stars
Very classy indeed
more >>
The Scotsman
hip-but-sophisticated interpretations
more >>
Rainbownetwork.com
4 Stars
sexy and seductive
more >>
Audiophile Audition
these tracks are near demonstration quality
more >>
CODA jazz magazine
Martin is a true jazz performer
more >>
Audio & Video Lifestyle Australia
4 Stars
will really get your toes a-tappin'
more >>
ejazznews
the slightly husky tones of her voice make the spine tingle
more >>
BBCi
wrings passion from every belted-out note
more >>
In-Tune International
[an] appealing smoky-tinged voice
more >>
UK European Jazz Website Review
Beautiful
more >>

Claire Martin - Secret Love - Jazz Times


02 May 2005
Jazz Times
Christopher Loudon

Remarkably, given the immense musical riches that have poured forth from across the pond throughout the past century, there has never been a truly great British female jazz singer. Yes, Annie Ross was born in Surrey, but she was just three when she moved to the States and is definitely more a musical product of her California upbringing. Some would argue Cleo Laine fits the bill, but I've never found Laine's highly stylized trilling particularly appealing, or, more to the point, jazz-centric. Lately, though, British jazz canaries have been busily making up for lost time. High atop the impressive heap is seasoned pro Claire Martin. Since Secret Love is intended as the album that will establish Martin stateside, I'm guessing that the title is intentionally tongue-in-cheek. For in her native land, love for Martin is no secret whatsoever. It is, in fact, her ninth hit album. The Sunday Times has dubbed Martin "the Madonna of British Jazz", a statement that completely misdiagnoses the nature of Martin's appeal. What makes her unique is that she's not a great jazz singer, but rather the combination of two great jazz singers and one of the all-time great pop stylists, blending the jazz smarts of Anita O'Day, the warm-cool coziness of Chris Connor and the slow-meltingly, icy hauteur of Jo Stafford into one bracing cocktail. Listen to Martin dazzle her way through a dozen tracks, hurdling everything from the heart-crushing ache of Where Do You Start, the sophisticated ennui of Love Is a Bore and the raw, soul-stirring power of Burt Bacharach and Elvis Costello's God Give Me Strength with elegant ease and you'll instantly join the growing legion on this side of the Atlantic determined that she remain a secret no longer.


Bookmark and Share


Related Links

Claire MartinClaire Martin
Secret LoveSecret Love