Martin, Claire - Offbeat

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"If you've already heard of Claire Martin you won't need urging, but to the unconverted I can only say buy 'Offbeat'. It's a great album." (Jazz on CD, 1995)

"A live album direct from Ronnie Scott's in London, it's Martin's only official live LP. Quite fearless in her choice of tracks, Martin wanders from Laura Nyro (Buy & Sell) to Paul Simon (I Do It For Your Love) and Irving Berlin (Lost In His Arms). Supremely confident in her voice and interpretive abilities, Martin tackles the jazz vocal idiom with aplomb." (Record Collector, Paul Rigby, 2010)

"Although she draws her repertoire from across the whole span of popular music Martin can't help being a jazz singer. Not only that, she is an improvising artist of great imagination. Her timing is flawless and, as Dave Gelly remarked in reviewing her third album (this is her fourth), she has a soft, husky voice and good intonation and a superb band. It's a different group in this live recording at Ronnie Scott's but there's no reason to change the adjective. Martin shows a great deal of originality. The instrumental qualities in her singing are not in any way mannered and she interprets lyrics with intelligence and feeling. She also allows plenty of room for her pianist Gareth Williams to solo. An old associate, trombonist Mark Nightingale, also solos and the final track Some Other Time has her accompanied by Martin Taylor's guitar.
It would be interesting to know how, when the sound quality on all the albums I've heard on Ronnie Scott's own label are awful, Linn are able to do so well in the same place." (Gramophone)

"Caught live at Ronnie Scott's with her regular sparky trio, plus the odd guest, Claire Martin turns in her customary, absorbing performance, applying her beautifully controlled, pleasantly smoky voice with passion, wit and intelligence to a cleverly chosen batch of songs." (Classical Music, 1995)

Produced by Joel Siegel

Arrangements by Gareth Williams and Claire Martin with thanks to Steve Melling for tracks 5 and 13
Recorded at Ronnie Scott's Club, London from 21st - 26th August 1995
Engineer - Chris Lewis
Producer - Joel E Siegel

Claire Martin Trio
Gareth Williams - piano
Arnie Somogyi - bass
Clark Tracey - drums
with special guests
Martin Taylor - guitar (track 14 duet)
Anthony Kerr - vibes (tracks 5 & 8)
Mark Nightingale - trombone (tracks 4,9 and 12)
Tuotenumero AKD046
Viivakoodi 5020305300464
Julkaisupäivä 3.1.1995
Kategoria Jazz
Levymerkki Linn Records
Formaatti CD
Tuotteiden lukumäärä 1
Artistit Martin, Claire
Levy: 1
1 Off Beat
2 Buy And Sell
3 Come Back To Me
4 I'll Close My Eyes
5 Monk's New Tune
6 I Do It For Your Love
7 Worth The Wait
8 Wishful Thinking
9 Comes Love
10 Would You Believe?
11 Lost In His Arms
12 Something Real
13 Make Sure You're Sure
14 Some Other Time
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