Claire Martin - A Modern Art - The Times

For her thirteenth album, the singer makes impressive efforts to dodge the tried-and-tired of the jazz repertoire. She sings lyrics to a free-flowing Joshua Redman melody and makes Steely Dan's wry The Things I Miss the Most her own. Elsewhere, her versions of such urbane numbers as Everything I've Got Belongs to You by Rodgers and Hart and Cy Coleman's Everybody Today is Turning On are utterly assured.

29 September 2009