Claire Martin - He Never Mentioned Love - Jazz UK

The late Shirley Horn never hurried, so Claire Martin's swinging agility isn't much required in this largely meditative set - but her sumptuous low tones and subtle timing are the highly eloquent alternatives. Gareth Williams, Jim Mullen and Guy Barker make restrained but telling contributions (a loose dialogue with Barker at the end of All Night Long could have been prolonged), with Mullen and Martin sublime on the soulful LA Breakdown. It might be a bit plush and torchy for Martin's jazz fans, but it's as beautifully done as you might expect from such a class act.

01 August 2007