Perfect Alibi

Perfect Alibi

by Claire Martin

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Overview

Perfect Alibi

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/17/2000
Label: Linn Records
UPC: 0691062301220
catalogNumber: 122

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,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
Paul Stacey   Arranger,Producer,Engineer
John Haxby   Graphic Design
Robin Aspland   Organ Arrangement
Burkhard Hopper   Executive Producer

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