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A modern art - Artfully modern !
on 20 September 2009
An outstanding album from British jazz vocalist Claire Martin and possibly her best recording yet.The album itself is summed up nicely by the title "Modern Art" and does exactly what it says on the label.Instead of relying on the jazz singers staple diet of standards and ballads,Martin has abandoned that concept in place of a thoroughly contemporary feel.Majority of the songs reflect modern times and modern living and not those romantically tinged Great American songbook standards.This is reflected in songs like "Modern Art","Edgeways" and "Everything..." with their quirky and,at times,humerous lyrics.This is a nicely balanced set that draws on influences from jazz,funk,pop and latin for a very modern feel but no compromise on the quality.
Martin, as always is superb and has put her heart and soul into this project and genuinely believes that jazz singing is a modern art and is to be respected as such.The songs themselves are complemented by some nice solos from the nimble Gareth Williams at the Piano and the fleet fingered Nigel Hitchcock on Alto sax. A mention also for newcomer James Maddren in the drummer's chair who adds some some colour and complexity to the,at times,ordinary task of accompanying a singer.