Take My Heart

Take My Heart

by Claire Martin
     
 

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A major departure from Claire Martin's previous efforts, Take My Heart marked the first time she recorded an album that had very little to do with jazz. The British singer had never been a jazz snob; she always had a healthy appreciation of rock, pop and R&B. But jazz was her foundation -- if she interpreted a Tom Waits or

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A major departure from Claire Martin's previous efforts, Take My Heart marked the first time she recorded an album that had very little to do with jazz. The British singer had never been a jazz snob; she always had a healthy appreciation of rock, pop and R&B. But jazz was her foundation -- if she interpreted a Tom Waits or Stevie Wonder song, she did so from a jazz perspective. Take My Heart, however, is essentially a pop album with R&B, folk, rock and jazz references -- the only thing on the CD that can honestly be called jazz is a torchy interpretation of the Cahn/Van Heusen classic "Only the Lonely." A gently introspective tone defines this album, and her remakes of Elvis Costello's "Baby Plays Around," the Beatles' "Help" (which she changes from uptempo pop-rock to relaxed pop-folk) and Paul Simon's "Jonah" sound quite personal. Martin co-wrote a few of the songs, including the Joni Mitchell-ish "Pleading Guilty" and "Inner City Girl," a pop/R&B gem that encourages a poor woman to be strong and persevere despite the challenges she faces. Thankfully, Martin the pop singer proved to be every bit as compelling as Martin the jazz singer.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/04/1999
Label:
Linn Records
UPC:
5020305300938
catalogNumber:
93

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Claire Martin   Primary Artist,Vocals
Jason Rebello   Bassoon
Obin Miller   Harmonica
Ben Davis   Cello
Luis Jardim   Percussion,Voices
Arnie Somogyi   Bass
Jeremy Stacey   Drums
Paul Stacey   Guitar,Bass Guitar,Keyboards,E-bow
Clark Tracey   Drums
Gareth Williams   Piano,fender rhodes
Noel Gallagher   Acoustic Guitar
Anthony Kerr   Background Vocals,Vibes
Sarah Baker   Cello
Mornington Lockett   Clarinet
Alistair Walker   Trumpet
Anna Giddey   Violin
John Murphy   Viola
Charlotte Glasson   Viola
John "Johnny Genius" Murphy   Viola
Duncan Mackay   Trumpet
Mark Smith   Dulcimer,Autoharp,Stylophone,Appalachian Dulcimer
Darragh Morgan   Violin

Technical Credits

Paul Stacey   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
Noel Gallagher   Arranger
John Haxby   Graphic Design
Burkhard Hopper   Executive Producer

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