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VINE VOICEon 4 May 2012
Every artist gets to record a special album, one that either defines their work or moves them up into the "A" list of their genre, and this is Claire Martin's. Too Much In Love To Care teams our finest UK jazz vocalist with a blue chip US band, some superb, timeless, songs from the Great American Songbook, and the result is spectacular.

Underpinning the material throughout is the wonderful, melodic playing of pianist Kenny Barron. Here, he is the perfect accompaniest to Claire Martin through a range of moods and settings, never too intrusive, never too much in the background - just perfect. "A time for love" is perhaps the standout track on the album, but there are no duff songs here, so everyone will probably select a favourite or two.

What makes this such a fine, career-defining album? I don't think Claire Martin has ever sounded better - she covers a range of emotions without ever sounding phoney or over-the-top, and it's this honesty that makes the song sound authentic. Despite the fact that the Great American Songbook is perhaps over-familiar to lovers of jazz vocals, there are new things to be heard in these interpretations. The musicianship from everyone is superb, and the Linn Records attention to sound brings out every nuance. It's hard to believe that an artist this talented sometimes plays live gigs at half-empty provincial venues - simply a crime.

Hopefully, with the release of this wonderful new album, Claire Martin will garner even more praise - and audience attention. She is far and away the finest vocalist working in the genre today; much better than some big-name US stars of the moment. As one of the lyrics on offer here states, an "under-rated treasure". An essential purchase.
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on 24 November 2012
I have listened to about all of Claire Martin's albums and when I recently heard one track off this one, I just had to get it. She has developed so much expression and sensitivity for putting across a song. There is now a silky quality a bit like Ella and the ability to improvise over a number of notes like Sarah (without sounding a tad inebriated!), but it is still very much Claire Martin as a really affecting performer. Live shows will be yet the better for this.

Kenny Barron's piano work is also a joy, clever, fluent but not intruding and an object lesson in how to do it. I cannot imagine any other pianist doing as well. Peter Washington on bass and Kenny Washington on drums and the Steve Wilson on sax and flute maintain the ultra high standard.

Yes, you should get this one!
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I too have enjoyed Claire Martin's singing over the past few years and was particularly taken with the choice of material for this album and that was why I purchased it. I had heard almost all of the songs on the album and those new to me went so well with those I knew. It is not often that you get so many songs that you enjoy one and all. My top picks are the Gershwin's "How Long Has this been going On"; "A time for Love" (Johnny Mandel) & "Too Late Now" by Burton Lane. All the performances have the best of the jazz/cabaret atmosphere and make for superb listening and again I have had my headphones on to catch every sound. Spend a musical hour with Claire and you too will be hooked...
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on 8 June 2012
I've also been listening to Claire Martin for well over 10 years and this is by far her best work so far. I've always liked her singing so when i saw the songs she'd picked for this one, i knew we were all in for a treat, they just don't write songs like this anymore. I just hope she continues to sing "the great american songbook" on all her future almums. Nice one Claire.
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on 25 November 2012
Combined with excellent musicians and tasteful arrangements, Claire Martin shows her superb voice gets better. An album for late night chilling out with friends and a glass or two of fine wine.
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on 16 July 2014
Claire Martin and Kenny Barron are a match made in heaven, add to this a rhythm section of exceptional quality and you have a beautiful collection of songs to keep listening to.
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on 6 April 2014
Sometimes Claire Martin goes away from her strengths but with this CD she really hits the mark and produces some lovely versions of great songs. Well done Claire!
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on 30 September 2013
Excellent recording as always from Claire Martin, This CD can not be rated more highly well worth a listen and with Autorip it is always available.
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on 12 February 2013
Wonderful! A great voice from a lovely lady: perfect for the selection. A very sophisticated production: great for late night relaxing.
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on 5 April 2013
I had not heard Claire Martin prior to buying this and love her voice. Excellent accompaniment too. Good selection of songs.
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