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Claire Martin, OBE

Too Darn Hot!

Claire Martin - Too Darn Hot!


Claire Martin (vocals), Gareth Williams (piano), Geoffrey Keezer (piano and electric piano), Richard Cottle (keyboards and organ), Geoff Gascoyne (double bass), Laurence Cottle (bass guitars), Clark Tracey (drums), Ian Thomas (drums), Nigel Hitchcock (saxes), Phil Robson (guitar), Miles Bould (percussion), Ian Shaw (additional vocals) plus the Tapestry String Quartet

Too Darn Hot!

Year: 2002
Label: Linn Records

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Claire Martin concentrates on her core jazz-based strengths, delivering pithy, worldly-wise lyrics with warmth and intelligence, interacting with a sparky, vigorous band.

From an exciting new arrangement of Something’s Coming from Bernstein’s West Side Story, to Joni Mitchell’s Blue Motel Room arranged by jazz singer Ian Shaw, the album mixes jazz standards with new arrangements to create an original showcase for Claire’s clever musicality and superb vocals.

Too Darn Hot! features an enviable line-up of some of Britain’s top jazz talents (Gareth Williams – piano, Geoffrey Keezer – piano and electric piano, Richard Cottle – keyboards and organ, Geoff Gascoyne – double bass, Laurence Cottle – bass guitars, Clark Tracey – drums, Ian Thomas – drums, Nigel Hitchcock – saxes, Phil Robson – guitar, Miles Bould – percussion, Ian Shaw – additional vocals) plus the Tapestry String Quartet.

The Stage
A relaxed duo offering up a delightful selection of songs more >>

You do really feel that you’re sitting either in the middle of the group or next to the band more >>

The Observer
To be original without sounding outlandish or just plain dotty is a difficult trick to bring off, especially for singers but Claire Martin has always managed it with grace and poise. more >>

CC Newz
I recommend this CD without hesitation. more >>

Brighton Evening Argus
Widely recognised as the best British jazz singer of her generation more >>

Audiophile Audition
Very, very highly recommended! more >>

HMV Choice
Claire Martin still seems as fresh a talent as ever.

Jazz UK
Claire Martin has been a class act for years. more >>

Her voice is darker and more persuasive than on previous records. more >>

Evening Standard
Talent, personality and a refreshingly slick approach. more >>

Audio & Video Lifestyle Australia
5 Stars
This album is one classy jazz vocal release that will be hard to beat. ***** more >>

LP: Magazine for Analogue Hi-Fi and Vinyl Culture
Linn sets the bar with this release. more >>