Claire Martin: Slow Time
Claire Martin (vocals)
He Never Mentioned Love (Linn 295)
Claire Martin (vocals),
Gareth Williams (piano), Lawrence Cottle (bass), Clark Tracey (drums), Massimo Marraccini (percussion).
Composed by Ian Shaw.
Recorded: London, December 2-4, 2006
Rating: 85/100 (learn more)
I am struck by how many talented jazz singers are coming from the UK these days. Jamie Cullum and Katie Melua are perhaps the best known, but we also need to give kudos to Ian Shaw (who contributed this composition and arrangement) and Claire Martin, who handles the microphone on this rendition. Martin is still uncertain whether she wants to stay in the museum of jazz standards or tackle more contemporary material. Let me put in a vote for the latter path. This song captures a beguiling late-night atmosphere, the kind of tune you want to hear on the radio for the last stretch of the long drive home. With the right producer and surrounded by world-class musicians, Martin could make a much bigger splash.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia
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