Old Boyfriends

Old Boyfriends

by Claire Martin
     
 
Many jazz singers young and old make the mistake of arbitrarily avoiding the pop, rock, and R&B songs of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, but for Claire Martin they're fair game. This outstanding CD finds her demonstrating the jazz potential in such unlikely vehicles as Rupert Holmes' incisive "Partners in Crime" and Tom Waits' "Old Boyfriends" -- not exactly songs jazz

Overview

Many jazz singers young and old make the mistake of arbitrarily avoiding the pop, rock, and R&B songs of the 1960s, '70s, and '80s, but for Claire Martin they're fair game. This outstanding CD finds her demonstrating the jazz potential in such unlikely vehicles as Rupert Holmes' incisive "Partners in Crime" and Tom Waits' "Old Boyfriends" -- not exactly songs jazz singers are usually quick to embrace. True to form, she unearths her share of wrongly neglected classics, including Artie Shaw's "Moon Ray" (a major hit for him during the swing era) and Burt Bacharach's "Out of My Continental Mind" (associated with Lena Horne). As daring as Martin is in her choice of material, her vocal style is actually quite straightforward and lucid and not overly abstract. Martin consistently uses subtlety and restraint to maximum advantage and -- like Chris Connor and Julie London before her -- makes it clear that cool jazz certainly doesn't have to be cold.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/31/1995
Label:
Linn Records
UPC:
0786051502822
catalogNumber:
28

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Claire Martin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jim Mullen   Guitar
Mark Nightingale   Trombone
Arnie Somogyi   Bass,Double Bass
Clark Tracey   Drums
Steve Melling   Piano

Technical Credits

Calum Malcolm   Engineer
Jim Mullen   Arranger
Joel E. Siegel   Producer,Liner Notes,Audio Production
Arnie Somogyi   Arranger,Composer
Claire Martin   Arranger,Contributor
Steve Melling   Arranger
Simon Wallace   Arranger
Mark "Moose" Charlap   Composer
Dan Frishberg   Composer
Arthur Quenzer   Composer
R. Lewine   Composer
Jonathan Blair   Composer

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