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Great songs from a classy duo,
This review is from: When Lights Are Low [Sacd/CD Hybrid] (Audio CD)
The line between jazz and cabaret is a fine one, but they particularly overlap where an artist like Claire Martin is concerned. She phrases her songs superbly, but she has the mind of a jazzer, always bending melodies and sometimes even elongating words. On the other hand, Martin is equally at home in a swank cabaret boite as she is in a jazz cellar, and her collaborations with supperclub maestro Richard Rodney Bennett have received rapturous reviews. Wherever you place her, Martin is an exceptional singer, with a warm, rich timbre and an unfailing sense of swing. She has recorded several fine albums for Linn Records, but this is her only duo recording, and she couldn't have a better partner. Bennett is a true advocate for the finer songs in life, and I sense his taste on this album, particularly when we hear Martin tackle such specialities as "My Mood is You" and "Baby, Don't Quit Now". She really is fautless throughout the programme, and Bennett also turns in a splendid performance, playing his customarily rich piano arrangements and singing in his rough-edged, appealing voice. He also gets to perform a really magical forgotten song, "Not Exactly Paris".
This duo have worked together now for several years and their mutual respect and affection is evident. Jazz, cabaret, whatever it is I like it a lot!
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Initial post: 12 Nov 2009 09:20:38 GMT
I agree with Mr G entirely. I had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours in the company of Claire Martin and Sir RRB at a cosy gig at the Sage recently. They clearly enjoyed each other's company hugely and the music was delightful. This album is an excellent representation of the warmth of that evening, and Noel Coward's 'World Weary' has become a sort of theme song for me, especially in RRB's slightly gruff version. A wonderful album and the sound quality is stunning.
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