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Claire Martin - Too Much in Love to Care - Jersey Jazz


20 May 2013
Jersey Jazz

British vocalist CLAIRE MARTIN has joined up with saxophonist/flutist Steve Wilson, pianist Kenny Barron, bassist Peter Washington, and drummer Peter Washington to create one truly fine album titled Too Much in Love to Care (Linn - 390). Martin has always been impressive, her sense of swing and reading of lyrics are impeccable, and with this album she has reached a new pinnacle. There are thirteen superb songs on her program, including 'Too Much in Love to Care,' 'Embraceable You,' 'Weaver of Dreams,' 'Crazy He Calls Me,' 'You Turned the Tables on Me,' 'How Long Has This Been Going On,' 'Lazy Afternoon,' 'Time After Time,' 'A Time for Love,' 'I Only Have Eyes for You,' 'I'm Glad There Is You,''Wonder Why' and 'Too Late Now.' Picking favorite tracks is simply impossible as there is a consistency of excellence that makes you wish that there were multiples of the number of songs on the album. Martin has a distinctive, rich and sensual voice that lends a special flavor to anything she chooses to sing. Barron is an accompanist supreme, finding just the right notes to enhance Martin's vocalizing. If you love good songs as I do, and want to hear them sung with care and respect, Too Much in Love to Care deserves a place in your music library.
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