Every Now and Then: The Very Best of Claire Martin

Every Now and Then: The Very Best of Claire Martin

by Claire Martin
     
 
Claire Martin provided some of the most interesting and adventurous jazz singing of the 1990s, although the end of the decade found her taking a more pop-oriented approach. Martin's straight-ahead jazz singing is the main focus of this collection, which was assembled in 2001 and spans 1992-2000. The only non-jazz offerings are performances of See more details below

Overview

Claire Martin provided some of the most interesting and adventurous jazz singing of the 1990s, although the end of the decade found her taking a more pop-oriented approach. Martin's straight-ahead jazz singing is the main focus of this collection, which was assembled in 2001 and spans 1992-2000. The only non-jazz offerings are performances of Nick Drake's haunting "Riverman" and Al Kooper's bluesy "More Than You'll Ever Know"; other than those two tracks, Every Now and Then: The Very Best of Claire Martin is jazz-oriented. And the CD paints an attractive picture of Martin's cool-toned jazz singing with material from excellent 1990s albums like Old Boyfriends (Rupert Holmes' "Partners in Crime") and The Waiting Game (Joni Mitchell's "Be Cool"). Meanwhile, 1996's Make This City Ours -- which marked the time the British singer recorded an album in the U.S. -- is nicely represented by interpretations of "No Moon at All" and the Brazilian standard "Estate." Overall, Linn's choices are smart ones, but the CD isn't without its problems. Linn fails to provide any recording dates -- which is lazy and inexcusable -- and there are no liner notes either. Evidently, Linn felt that liner notes weren't needed, but in fact they were. Although Martin became very well-known in England in the 1990s, she didn't fare nearly as well in the U.S. -- and Linn should have provided liner notes for those who need to read about her impressive history. But despite its problems, this CD is worth owning. For those who have not experienced the joys of Martin's singing, Every Now and Then would be a generally rewarding, if imperfect, introduction to her work.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/30/2001
Label:
Linn Records
UPC:
0691062017725
catalogNumber:
177

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Claire Martin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Antonio Hart   Saxophone
Ian Thomas   Drums
Obin Miller   Harmonica
Gregory Hutchinson   Drums
Jim Mullen   Guitar
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
Christopher Payne   Violin
Joe Richards   Cello
Arnie Somogyi   Bass
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Paul Stacey   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards
Clark Tracey   Drums
Andy Wallace   Hammond Organ
Peter Washington   Bass
Gareth Williams   Piano,Background Vocals
Steve Melling   Piano
Robin Aspland   Wurlitzer
Titch Walker   Trumpet
Mornington Lockett   Tenor Saxophone
Anna Giddey   Violin
Catherine Browning   Violin
Charlotte Glasson   Viola
Brian G. Wright   Violin
John "Johnny Genius" Murphy   Viola
Duncan Mackay   Trumpet
Mark Smith   Autoharp
Sophie Sarota   Viola
Darragh Morgan   Violin

Technical Credits

Cy Coleman   Composer
Claire Martin   Composer
James Lipton   Composer
Simon Songhurst   Photo Assistance

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