Linn Records signed Claire Martin in 1991 following a performance at the Glasgow Jazz Festival. It was the start of a special relationship which has seen her develop an international reputation as an artist of the highest calibre, securing five British / BBC Jazz awards along the way.
Martin’s arrival on the global jazz scene was explosive and her development, for such a young vocalist, remarkable. Critics and audiences alike were enthused by her fresh approach, imaginative repertoire and stunning live shows, sparking comparisons with Peggy Lee.
Now, twelve albums later, we present a celebration of the early studio recordings. Witness the beginnings of a wonderful career, the work of an inspirational talent and, above all, the voice of a truly great jazz singer.
It’s no exaggeration to say that Claire Martin is the most phenomenal vocal talent yet to appear on the British jazz scene.
— The Wire
The Hungarian publication reviews the Claire Martin box set…
The Jazz Rag
“Well, I’ve been well and truly Claire Martinned – and it’s a good thing to be, I can tell you.”
Claire Martin has long been recognized as perhaps Britain’s leading jazz singer.
Very attractive package…
That rarest of things: a singer who actually lives up to the extravagant claims made on their behalf.
Not just one of the best jazz singers in Britain, she’s one of the best anywhere.
[a] stonking 4-CD set
Manchester Evening News
A model lesson in how to nurture conspicuous talent over time.