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Claire Martin - A Modern Art - Sunday Times

The most gifted jazz singer this country has produced in 20 years, Claire Martin ought to be a much bigger name on both sides of the Atlantic. At least she has the satisfaction of having helped to redefine the repertoire. As ever, she veers left-field in an intelligent yet passionate set, a haunting treatment of Esbjorn Svensson's Love Is Real nestling alongside Mark Winkler's memorably angular lyrics on the Joshua Redman tune Lowercase. Martin leaves ample space for a band featuring some of our most accomplished musicians, the saxman Nigel Hitchcock among them. (You can't help wishing that she would be more willing to grab the limelight, instead of being one of the boys in the band.)

Sunday Times
20 September 2009