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Claire Martin: The Early Years Anthology (CD: Linn, 4 CDs)Claire Martin: The Early Years Anthology (CD: Linn, 4 CDs)
Linn Records is delighted to announce the release of “The Early Years Anthology”, a four disc box set of Claire Martin’s first four albums – including her best-selling title “Old Boyfriends” -now respectfully re-packaged.

Linn Records signed Claire Martin in 1991 following a performance at Glasgow Jazz Festival. It was the start of a special relationship that 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 singer, 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, the voice of a truly great jazz singer.

The albums themselves feature such talents as Jim Mullen, Arnie Somogyi, Nigel Hitchcock, Iain Ballamy, Clark Tracey, Gareth Williams and Gerard Presencer. (Linn Records) 


Price:  £19.99 


Claire Martin: Devil May Care (CD: Linn)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Claire Martin: Devil May Care (CD: Linn)


Claire Martin: Old Boyfriends (CD: Linn)Claire Martin: Old Boyfriends (CD: Linn)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Claire Martin: Offbeat (CD: Linn)
 


Price:  £13.99 

Claire Martin: Offbeat (CD: Linn)


Claire Martin: Make This City Ours (CD: Linn)Claire Martin: Make This City Ours (CD: Linn)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Claire Martin: Perfect Alibi (SACD: Linn)
Re-release of the Claire's album from 2000 on SACD in 5.1 surround sound for an enhanced listening experience. 


Price:  £13.99 

Claire Martin: Perfect Alibi (SACD: Linn)


Claire Martin: Too Darn Hot! (CD: Linn)Claire Martin: Too Darn Hot! (CD: Linn)
 


Price:  £13.99 


Claire Martin: Too Darn Hot! (Vinyl LP: Linn)

Price:  £23.99 


180g vinyl. 

Claire Martin: Secret Love (CD: Linn)
Linn Records announces the release of "Secret Love", Claire Martin's 10th album for the label. Claire celebrates her jazz roots with a splendid line-up of some of Britain's top jazz talents. Produced by Richard Cottle, "Secret Love" features Nigel Hitchcock, Gareth Williams, Laurence Cottle and Clark Tracey. Special guest artists include the much acclaimed guitarist Jim Mullen who features in a duet with Claire Martin on the track Where Do You Start. Sir Richard Rodney Bennett plays piano on My Buddy which Claire dedicates to her friend, the late, Joel Siegel (Sir Richard has championed Claire's work since her debut "The Waiting Game"). Ian Shaw adds his special touch to the vocals on the Costello/Bacharach track God Give Me Strength and Michael Franks's Hip Jive. The best known track on "Secret Love" is probably Cheek To Cheek, made famous by Fred Astaire & Ginger Rogers, though they may have difficulty dancing to it at this tempo! There's also the classic Judy Garland number Get Happy. The Meaning Of The Blues is a latin/cool song, originally a hit for Shirley Horn. (Linn Records) 


Price:  £13.99 

Claire Martin: Secret Love (CD: Linn)


Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: When Lights Are Low (CD: Linn)Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: When Lights Are Low (CD: Linn)
The eleventh studio album by the "Madonna of British Jazz", Claire Martin who is joined by long time collaborator and friend Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. Together they are a perfect match and this CD is an absolute gem. (Linn Records) 


Price:  £13.99 


Claire Martin: He Never Mentioned Love (CD: Linn)
 


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Claire Martin: He Never Mentioned Love (CD: Linn)


Claire Martin: A Modern Art (SACD: Linn)Claire Martin: A Modern Art (SACD: Linn)
 


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Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: Witchcraft (SACD: Linn)
Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett have taken their creative partnership to the next level with this album. Bennett's elegant playing and distinguished style fuse beautifully with the vocals of Britain's First Lady of Jazz.

This album contains a thoughtful selection of songs from the Cy Coleman songbook. Together, this collection weaves together the opposing talents of the sultry jazz sensation Claire Martin and the polished, savvy keyboard skills and compositional insight of Richard Rodney Bennett. Martin's strength as one of the best interpreters of the Great American Songbook shines through in this recording. The smoky elegance of her vocal sculpts itself around the smooth flowing textures of the piano accompaniment and the occasional vocal repartee of Bennett. The result of this established partnership is mesmerising music that takes you back to a wonderful and simpler time of yesteryear. (Linn Records) 


Price:  £13.99 

Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: Witchcraft (SACD: Linn)


Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: Say It Isn't So (CD: Linn)Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: Say It Isn't So (CD: Linn)
‘Say It Isn't So' is a joyful celebration; both of the impeccably crafted songs of Irving Berlin and of the unique partnership between two seasoned performers at the top of their game: Claire Martin and the late Richard Rodney Bennett.

Lifelong friends on and off stage, Martin and Bennett recorded three studio albums and enjoyed acclaimed concert performances in a collaboration that flourished over two decades. Recorded in New York, ‘Say It Isn't So' is their last recording together and one of which Claire is immensely proud. Bennett's skilful arrangements highlight why Berlin was widely considered one of the greatest songwriters of all time and brilliantly showcase Claire's assured and expressive voice. (Linn Records) 


Price:  £10.99 


Claire Martin: Time & Place (SACD: Linn)
‘Time & Place' perfectly sums up Claire Martin's jazz roots beginnings and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career. The majority of arrangements feature The Montpellier Cello Quartet, with whom Claire has developed a unique partnership since they first performed together in 2012. (Linn Records) 


Price:  £13.99 

Claire Martin: Time & Place (SACD: Linn)


Claire Martin & Ray Gelato: We've Got A World That Swings (CD: Linn)Claire Martin & Ray Gelato: We've Got A World That Swings (CD: Linn)
Following sell out tour dates of their new swing show, the duo took to the studio; Ray's jumpin' vocals and sax provide an ideal foil for Claire's velvety voice. The result is irresistible.

The song selection is a delicious serving of some of the most sumptuous morsels in the Great American Songbook including a classy R&B treatment of Billie Holiday's 'Now Baby Or Never'. The breadth of Claire's stylistic and vocal range is perfectly displayed among these tracks: listen to her boogaloo take on 'You Came A Long Way From St. Louis' or her interpretation of the melody on 'More Than You Know', which is a vocal masterclass.

Ray's brilliant original 'A Swingin' Affair' sets the tone for an album that is the perfect antidote to 21st century life. The duo is accompanied by a trio of world-class musicians: pianist David Newton (Stacey Kent), bassist Dave Whitford (Bobby Wellins Quartet) and drummer Sébastian de Krom (Jamie Cullum). (Linn Records) 


Price:  £13.99 

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