Perfect Alibi

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All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
With 1998's Take My Heart, Claire Martin made the transition from jazz to pop, and the British singer continues in a pop-oriented direction on Perfect Alibi. Even if you have a very liberal definition of jazz, this late-1999/early-2000 recording shouldn't be considered jazz; Perfect Alibi is a pop album, although it's a pop album with jazz, R&B, and rock references. Not surprisingly, many of England's jazz enthusiasts are critical of Martin's pop albums, she was among the most exciting and interesting young jazz vocalists of the 1990s, and they were sorry to see a talented improviser steering clear of improvisation. But from a pop standpoint, Perfect Alibi has a lot ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Alex Henderson
With 1998's Take My Heart, Claire Martin made the transition from jazz to pop, and the British singer continues in a pop-oriented direction on Perfect Alibi. Even if you have a very liberal definition of jazz, this late-1999/early-2000 recording shouldn't be considered jazz; Perfect Alibi is a pop album, although it's a pop album with jazz, R&B, and rock references. Not surprisingly, many of England's jazz enthusiasts are critical of Martin's pop albums, she was among the most exciting and interesting young jazz vocalists of the 1990s, and they were sorry to see a talented improviser steering clear of improvisation. But from a pop standpoint, Perfect Alibi has a lot going for it. Martin doesn't improvise on this album, although her performances of Jimi Hendrix's "Up From the Skies," the Rascals' "How Can I Be Sure?," and other rock and pop songs do have a personal quality. The jazz-oriented Martin of The Waiting Game and Old Boyfriends would have found a way to turn the Stylistics' "People Make the World Go Round," Al Kooper's "More Than You'll Ever Know," and Todd Rundgren's "Wailing Wall" into improvisatory cool jazz. The pop-oriented Martin of Perfect Alibi, however, personalizes those familiar songs without getting into improvisation. As far as Martin's pop output goes, Take My Heart is a slightly stronger album. But Perfect Alibi is generally likable, although the jazz lovers of 1999 and 2000 hoped that she would get back to recording jazz.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/1/2008
  • Label: Linn Records
  • UPC: 691062031622
  • Catalog Number: 316

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Claire Martin Primary Artist, Vocals
John Martyn Vocals
Jason Rebello fender rhodes
Ian Thomas Drums
Luis Jardim Percussion
Andy Newmark Drums
Christopher Payne Violin
Joe Richards Cello
Arnie Somogyi Double Bass
Jeremy Stacey Drums
Paul Stacey Synthesizer, Acoustic Guitar, Dobro, Guitar, Strings, Bass Guitar, Keyboards, Sitar, Background Vocals, Guitar (Baritone)
Andy Wallace Hammond Organ
Duncan Mckay Trumpet
Robin Aspland Organ, Wurlitzer
Anthony Kerr Vibes
Mornington Lockett Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone
Catherine Browning Violin
Charlotte Glasson Flute, Baritone Saxophone, Viola
Brian G. Wright Violin
John "Johnny Genius" Murphy Viola
Sophie Sarota Viola
Technical Credits
Thom Bell Composer
Linda Creed Composer
Giles Hall Engineer
Jimi Hendrix Composer
Calum Malcolm Mastering
Paul Stacey Arranger, Producer, Engineer
John Haxby Graphic Design
Robin Aspland Organ Arrangement
Tony Bridge Mastering
Burkhard Hopper Executive Producer
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