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Claire Martin, OBE

Secret Love

Claire Martin - Secret Love


Claire Martin (vocals), Gareth Williams (piano, organ, keyboards), Laurence Cottle (bass), Clark Tracey (drums), Miles Bould (percussion), Melvin Duffy (pedal steel guitar), Richard Cottle (keyboards, organ), Jim Mullen (guitar), Ian Shaw (backing vocals), Nigel Hitchcock (saxophone)

Secret Love

Year: 2004
Label: Linn Records

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Claire celebrates her jazz roots with a splendid line-up of some of Britain’s top jazz talents. Jazzwise called it ‘one of Claire’s best albums to date’.

Originally released in 2004 Secret Love features Gareth Williams and Richard Rodney Bennett on piano, Laurence Cottle on bass, Clark Tracey on drums and Nigel Hitchcock on saxophone.  Re-issued on CD in 2011 and in Studio Master quality in January 2007.

Claire explores the classic songbook with a mature set of standards from Irving Berlin’s ‘Cheek To Cheek’ to Bacharach and Costello’s ‘God Give Me Strength’, taking in Harold Arlen and Jimmy Van Heusen along the way.

‘Claire calls on her significant vocal range, and moves from breathy whispers to lungfulls of power in just a few bars.’ BBCi
5 Stars
her voice carries the unmistakable smokiness of June Christy more >>

The Stage
A relaxed duo offering up a delightful selection of songs more >>
not only formidable talent but good taste more >>

Jazz Times
Listen to Martin dazzle more >>

an exciting, engaging blend more >>

Scotland on Sunday
an artist of great musicality more >>

Yorkshire Post
another peach of an album more >>

4 Stars
One of Claire’s best albums to date more >>

Jazz Review
Martin is breezy, even masterful more >>

The Herald
4 Stars
A superb collection more >>

The Guardian
4 Stars
Very classy indeed more >>

The Scotsman
hip-but-sophisticated interpretations more >>
4 Stars
sexy and seductive more >>

Audiophile Audition
these tracks are near demonstration quality more >>

CODA jazz magazine
Martin is a true jazz performer more >>

Audio & Video Lifestyle Australia
4 Stars
will really get your toes a-tappin’ more >>

the slightly husky tones of her voice make the spine tingle more >>

wrings passion from every belted-out note more >>

In-Tune International
[an] appealing smoky-tinged voice more >>

UK European Jazz Website Review
Beautiful more >>