THE WAITING GAME
Claire Martin's first album, THE WAITING GAME, captures all the
excellent qualities that I heard in a live performance late one evening at the Royal Concert Hall. She never flashes her jazz credentials and yet she improvises and swings effortlessly. The inter-action with her first-rate musicians, led again by Jonathan Gee, is total. She is absolutely secure, technically and musically, so that the listener can take these qualities for granted and concentrate on the stories that Claire is telling us in notes and words.
And what notes and words! If You Could See Me Now, You Hit The Spot, Everything Happens To Me, these are standards
that should have been recorded hundreds of times and yet they haven't. Be Cool, Some Cats Know, Better Than Anything and
Betty Carter's Tight would be gems in any jazz singer's repertoire. Sammy Cahn and Ray Anthony's it's Always Four a.m. and Rodgers and Hart's stunning This Funny World (with that verse) are rare and beautiful. Rupert Holmes' The People That
You Never Get To Love is a contemporary classic. There's even a complex, bitter-sweet, brand-new song by Claire and
Jonathan Gee - The Waiting Game.
And the singing is fresh, warm, inventive, moving and honest.
This record knocks me out...!
RICHARD RODNEY BENNETT
1. YOU HIT THE SPOT|
(H REVEL / M GORDON - CHAPPELL & CO) 3:24
2. BE COOL
(JONI MITCHELL - WARNER BROS MUSIC) 4:43
3. THIS FUNNY WORLD
(R RODGERS / L HART - CHAPPELL & CO) 5:06
4. BETTER THAN ANYTHING
(D WHAITE / W LOUGHBOROUGH - HARMONY/MECOLICO) 2:58
5. IF YOU COULD SEE ME NOW
(T DAMERON / C SIGMAN - BIG THREE MUSIC) 3:38
6. SOME CATS
(J LEIBER / M STOLLER - YELLOW DOG MUSIC) 4:28
7. THE WAITING GAME
(C MARTIN / J GEE - MCPS LTD) 3:06
8. IT'S ALWAYS FOUR A.M.
(S CAHN / R ANTHONY - SUNBURY MUSIC) 4:40
9. THE PEOPLE THAT YOU NEVER GET TO LOVE
(RUPERT HOLMES - WARNER BROS MUSIC) 4:08
(BETTY CARTER - MYKAG MUSIC) 3:10
11. EVERYTHING HAPPENS TO ME
(M DENNIS / T ADAIR - LEEDS MUSIC) 6:47
12. THE KEY TO YOUR FERRARI
(THOMAS DOLBY - LOST TOY PEOPLE INC / GMP) 3:25
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