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Claire Martin, OBE

When Lights Are Low

with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett
Claire Martin - When Lights Are Low

Personnel

Claire Martin (vocals), Richard Rodney Bennett (piano, vocals)

When Lights Are Low

Year: 2005
Label: Linn Records

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The unstoppable duo of Claire Martin and Sir Richard Rodney Bennett, a partnership polished over two decades, originally released their stylish duo album When Lights Are Low in 2006 to critical acclaim.

Re-issued in Sir Richard’s 75th birthday year to partner their new duo album Witchcraft.

Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett are on top of their game in this smoothly elegant collection of terrific, but not overly-exposed songs. This is an inventive and charming selection of material now getting some deserved attention. The titles reflect the vast knowledge and innate good taste of these artists and the entire CD is a treat from start to finish. Fans of this distinguished pair will be thrilled to add this recording to their collection, while those hearing them for the first time will quickly join the great numbers of us who enjoy them so much.

BBC Music Magazine
‘Claire Martin is a superb singer and Richard Rodney Bennett’s piano playing is amazing, so when you get the two of them together on their When lights are low album, it is magical.’
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The New York Observer
“Her appearances in New York are rare. Don’t even think about missing this one.”
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Wolf Entertainment Guide
Martin was mesmerizing…she consistently sparkles
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Cabaret Scenes
“Claire Martin is one of the best jazz interpreters around.”
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New York Times
beautifully acted interpretations
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New York Times
“Ms. Martin’s subtle, beautifully acted interpretations give them [the songs] their due. ”
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The Times
together they make a stylish combination
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The Stage
A relaxed duo offering up a delightful selection of songs
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All About Jazz website
One of my favorite jazz vocalists.
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The Times
The most intelligent and assured singer in the country.
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Jazz Times
For my money she’s not only the finest female British jazz singer of her generation but possibly of all time.
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www.jazzreview.com
A delightful union of two of the UK’s most recognized talents.
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Atlanta Audio Society
This Linn SACD was a revelation for me.
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Evening Standard
In lively form.
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Birmingham Post
Jazz CD of the Week
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Good Sound Magazine
One of the best jazz singers around.
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Audiophile Audition
Very, very highly recommended!
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The Sunday Times
As polished as you could hope for.
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Yorkshire Post
There isn’t a better singer than (Claire Martin) around.
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The Sunday Post
As always with Linn, the recording sounds fantastic.
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Scotland on Sunday
Order this CD pronto: it’s a gem.
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Daily Telegraph
Style does not go out of style.
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Time Out London
‘just two great singers interpreting great songs’
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HMV Choice
Just over an hour of pure class.
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Jazzwise
A joy from start to finish.
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Evening Press

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The Herald
A treat of the most sophisticated kind.
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East Anglian Daily Times
‘Jazz cabaret at its very best’
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