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Claire Martin - Take My Heart - Jazz Times

31 January 2000
Jazz Times
Jack Sohmer

Although not necessarily projecting herself on this album as a jazz artist, per se, the beautiful British singer Claire Martin does emerge as perhaps the most classy interpreter of tasteful contemporary pop material extant. With a smoky timbre alternately suggestive of Peggy Lee, Anita O'Day, and June Christy, the hauntingly blue-eyed, short-cropped blonde here offers personalized versions of latter day ballads of quality, inclusive of 'Only the Lonely', 'Riverman', 'Take My Heart', 'Queen Bee', 'Brilliant Trees', Paul Simon's 'Jonah', Lennon and McCartney's 'Help!', her own 'Inner City Girl' and 'Pleading Guilty', 'I Scare Myself', and Elvis Costello's 'Baby Plays Around'. 
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