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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
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Jazz Times
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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
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MusicWeb International
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Record Collector
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"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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"...plenty of wit and wordplay for the duo to savour, Martin is impeccable..."
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'...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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"...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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'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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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
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Jazz Journal
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Claire Martin - Witchcraft - Jersey Jazz


03 May 2011
Jersey Jazz
Joseph Lang

Were Cy Coleman still with us, he would surely be smiling with approval at Witchcraft (Linn - 359), a collection of Coleman songs performed by vocalist Claire Martin and pianist/vocalist Richard Rodney Bennett. Martin and Bennett have been working together whenever they can for the past two decades, and they have developed the kind of united musical spirit that makes their efforts frequently transcendent.  The vocalizing is handled solely by Martin on six tracks, by Bennett on three, and they perform duets on the remaining five selections.  Among the most familiar tunes are "I'm Gonna Laugh You Right out of My Life," "The Best Is Yet to Come," "The Rules of the Road," "Nobody Does It Like Me," "When in Rome," "Witchcraft," "With Every Breath I Take" and "On the Other Side of the Tracks."  The other songs are just as appealing, especially two that I have long admired, "On Second Thought" and "Let Me Down Easy."  Martin is a strong singer with a dusky voice that envelops a lyric, and she has a wonderful way of conveying the essence of the words in each song.  Bennett has a light tone, but is equally adept at finding the heart of the lyrics that he sings.  In addition, he is among the most creative and supportive of all accompanists.  Put it all together, and you have an album that is a sheer delight from start to finish.
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