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In Tune
'...offers something of a lustrous new most effective luscious sound for Claire..."My Ship" (Weill/Gershwin) from Broadway's 1941 "Lady In The Dark" never fails to amaze and thrill. Here in the hands of Ms. Martin it's given a superb sobering treatment as only she can deliver.'
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Fono Forum
4 Stars
'...Stilgoe is convincing with tasteful interpretations, discreet use of scat vocals and stylish pianism.'
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The Jazz Rag
'Perfection is the word for this collection.'
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Jazz Journal
4 Stars
'man of the moment'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
'Joe Stilgoe looks back to the Great American Songbook with such feeling, energy and, yes, love that it's impossible not to be swept along by the album's welcoming embrace.'
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The Arts Desk
4 Stars
'Stilgoe's voice, so demure on the gentler songs, has a gritty rasp when extended, like a trombone played hard...'
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The Sunday Times
'...the pick of the songs, most of them originals, have a modern, funky sheen.'
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The Telegraph
4 Stars
Best Jazz Albums of 2015: '...quirky and interesting and there's a nostalgic charm to [the] big band numbers...'
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When in doubt…Ridout Blog
'I defy you to resist the jazzy goodness...'
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BBC London 94.9 'Robert Elms'
'A splendid thing indeed.'
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Mail on Sunday
'A joyful new big-band album.'
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Sunday Express 'S Magazine'
'...bursting with new songs and big band numbers.'
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Sunday Express
'The urbane Joe croons his way through a selection of nostalgia-inspired original songs - snappily arranged and beautifully sung.'
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The Observer
5 Stars
'... an album that you just can't stop playing.'
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London Evening Standard
'Modern jazz infused with the spirit of Frank Sinatra and Nat King Cole.'
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BBC Radio 2 'Weekend Wogan'
'A good record.'
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Marlbank
'...clever, lyrically strong album...'
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Soul and Jazz and Funk
'Album highlights are two gorgeous ballads - his own "Gold On Silver" and a cover of the standard "Too Late Now".'
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BBC Radio 2 'Elaine Paige on Sunday'
'A lovely arrangement there...I like that a lot.'
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Blogcritics
'Time and Place is Claire Martin at the top of her game.'
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London Jazz
'...a wondrous collection of old and new songs...[with] an outstanding band.'
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Audiophile Audition
5 Stars
'The hallmark of a great Claire Martin album is always the excellent arrangements, and in combination with superb playing and Linn's magnificent sound,Time & Place does not disappoint - this may be her very best album yet.'
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Choice Magazine
'An album full of delights and surprises.'
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Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
'...there's tons of class throughout Time and Place. Half the intrigue lies in exactly that, the blend of the genteel with the git-down, the acumen in conflating two worlds to come up with a third...'
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Daily Info, Oxford
‘Tonight's was a programme I wasn't expecting; nonetheless, I melted into its warm, soothing embrace, and I'll be dancing in the dark for a few hours yet.’
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Le BabillART
'Claire Martin créée une infusion de son magique de la musique jazz de chambre à partir d'un groupe éclectique d'auteurs-compositeurs.'
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The Sunday Times
‘She's Leaving Home is a match for Lennon and McCartney's original. Martin has never sounded more authoritative.’
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Deep Roots
'Ms. Martin's many admirers will not be surprised by the impact she makes with her cool approach, and newcomers to her art will find a reason to believe.'
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BebopSpokenHere
'Last night at Sage Gateshead was superb and so was Claire, cellos notwithstanding, she gave a professional performance that clarified her position as numero uno.'
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WBGO Radar
'The cabaret song [Goodbye For Now], performed with just voice and piano, is a fitting tribute to Bennett, and captures Martin's spirit at its best: she is wistfully clear-eyed and optimistic as only those who have truly lived can be.'
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Jazz History Online
'As with all of Martin's recordings, the audio quality is exceptional...'
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The Guardian
4 Stars
'[Claire] has rarely sounded so commanding and moving...'
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BBC Radio 2 'Clare Teal'
'gorgeous album'
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Bop-N-Jazz
5 Stars
'Claire Martin is that rare vocal artist never afraid to push the lyrical envelope!'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
'Time and Place is one of those rare things: an album of standouts...Bennett's arrangement of album opener ‘My Ship'...is a thing of unfathomable beauty...'
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Mojo
4 Stars
'British Jazz's First Lady innately personalises the songs of Kurt Weill, David Bowie, Thelonious Monk, Richard Rodney Bennett and others.'
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About.com
'Martin's work here is exemplary: rich, romantic, fervent and classy.'
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All About Jazz
4½ Stars
'Few vocalists are as elegant and eloquent as Claire Martin...she's one of the crown jewels of the jazz world.'
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Jazz Times
'One of the most delightful collaborations in vocal jazz
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The Observer
'...her singing here is a constant delight.'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
‘...every one of the 12 songs strikes vocal jazz gold...’
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The Sunday Times
‘The composer’s studio collaborations with Claire Martin turned out to be just as compelling…Martin’s readings of How Deep Is The Ocean and What’ll I Do? touch rare depths.’
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The International Review of Music
'A versatile performer with the capacity to find the inner life of whatever she sings.'
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Sound Stage Experience
4½ Stars
'...this disc proves she has arrived as an impeccable master artist and one of the greatest living voices in jazz.'
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Next Magazine
'...Martin is a wonderful interpreter who's perfectly paired with Bennett...'
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Home Theater Sound
5 Stars
"...their partnership has created a rare and special collaboration where the superlative product is truly more than the sum of its parts."
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Cabaret Scenes
'Both performers have flair for phrasing. Arrangements are refined and interesting.'
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Jazz Times
'When Britain's foremost jazz singer meets the island's most imaginative composer, the outcome is always stellar.'
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The New York Observer
'...sung to perfection by England's best young jazz singer, Claire Martin.'
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The Wall Street Journal
'The result is a kind of perfection...'
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In Tune International
'...perfect combination of singer and pianist...'
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New York Times
'...Martin, whose renditions...revealed the heart of a saloon torch beating inside the chipper jazz playmate.'
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MusicWeb International
"The collaboration between Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett works superbly."
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Record Collector
4 Stars
"The blend is attractive and oddly harmonious."
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The Walman Report / Culinary Gourmet
'Martin is a seasoned vocalist/performer and the end result is uniquely original.'
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Jersey Jazz
"...an album that is a sheer delight from start to finish."
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The Irish Times
"...plenty of wit and wordplay for the duo to savour, Martin is impeccable..."
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BBC Music Magazine
'...near-perfect match of singer and accompanist...'
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The Yorkshire Post
"Here's a lovely record...Martin is excellent throughout"
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Theater Mania
"...her smokey voice caresses the composer's melodies."
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The Observer
"...touching, clever, beautifully poised and deceptively casual-sounding."
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The Times
4 Stars
'Martin's jazz virtuosity adds another dimension. When her honeyed timbre slips into the lower register she captures the romance of a Ben Webster tenor solo.'
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North London News
'...a tempting mélange of the familiar and the under-visited...'
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O's Place Jazz Magazine
'It is a pleasure to listen to!'
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LondonJazz
'Claire Martin, both in the duo setting and in front of the chamber group made each song, each moment come to life.'
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The Scotsman
"Martin's beautifully delivered interpretations are spot-on whatever the mood of the song..."
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Scotland on Sunday
4 Stars
"...a joy to hear."
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London Jazz
'...her intimate, deceptively unfussy vocal style perfectly complemented by his flawlessly eloquent piano.'
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Jazzwise
4 Stars
'...every one is a small gem.'
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Jazz Journal
'...the result is one timeless version of a song after another...Unequivocally recommended.'
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Claire Martin & Joe Stilgoe Live At St James Theatre


22 February 2016
The Arts Desk
Peter Quinn
4 Stars

With Peter Andre butchering Frank Sinatra on the one hand ("Reality TV swing", as Ray Gelato aptly put it) and Annie Lennox massacring Billie Holiday on the other, it was heart-warming to hear two artists performing standards and originals with such care, insight and sensitivity.

After they'd opened with an arresting snippet of Charlie Parker's "Billie's Bounce", a massively swinging take on Peggy Lee's "I Love Being Here with You" saw Martin slipping in some deft lyrical changes ("I'd love to kiss George Clooney's nose"), while the first of several towering scats lit up "Comes Love" like a firecracker.

Martin's singing on "I Love Paris" (from Porter's 1953 Broadway musical Can-Can and most famously recorded on Ella Fitzgerald Sings the Cole Porter Songbook) was sublime, imbuing the line "I love Paris in the summer when it sizzles" with an intense depth of feeling. A brace of solo spots for Stilgoe saw him continue the Parisian theme, dusting down the onomatopoeic delights of Charles Trenet's "Boum!", learnt from The Best of Charles Trenet ("probably his best album", Stilgoe quipped), and which also featured some nifty mouth trumpet, followed by a rather lovely, and lesser-known, song from Can-Can, "Who Said Gay Paree?".

The first set finished with two songs from albums that Martin recorded with her great friend and mentor, the late Sir Richard Rodney Bennett: a dazzlingly effective "Witchcraft", the title track of their 2011 album of Cy Coleman songs, plus a heart-melting "Blue Skies" excerpted from the magnificent third and final chapter of the duo's musical partnership, the Irving Berlin songbook Say It Isn't So.

Framed by sparkling versions of songs by the brilliant Gershwins, "They All Laughed" and "Love Is Here To Stay", the duo really settled into their music-making in the second set. As well as classic standards such as "Old Devil Moon" and "Lover Come Back To Me", the set also featured a trio of Stilgoe originals. The first, "Lost For Words", penned for Martin and recorded by the duo on her exceptional 2014 albumTime & Place, was beautifully done here, with Martin subtly charting its narrative ebb and flow. Stilgoe's suitably elegiac reading of "Seaside", the title track of Liane Carroll's most recent album, was counterpointed with the feel-good blast of energy provided by "Totally" from his own New Songs for Old Souls. Previously covered by US jazz vocalist Jackie Allen, Donald Fagen's "Do Wrong Shoes" was a wickedly acerbic digression.


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