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Time & Place
The Montpellier Cello Quartet
At each outing, newly-crafted arrangements emerge. The listener marvels at Claire Martin's ability and determination to create a wholly new pad of repertoire from zero. LondonJazz Review
Time and Place perfectly sums up Claire Martins jazz roots beginnings and the inventive, forward-thinking repertoire choices that have framed her enviable career.
Martin has long been among the most versatile and wide-ranging of singers. Her latest venture, with the Quartet, is no exception. Classical Source
The majority of arrangements feature The Montpellier Cello Quartet, with whom Claire has developed a unique partnership since they first performed together in 2012.
Together Claire and the quartet create a magical sound fusion of jazz-chamber music that encompasses new arrangements from an eclectic group of songwriters including Lennon & McCartney, George Gershwin, David Bowie and Thelonius Monk.
With the connections borne of twenty-five years in the business Claire has commissioned imaginative new arrangements, including Joni Mitchells Two Grey Rooms by renowned composer Mark Anthony Turnage.
Pianist Joe Stilgoe guests on his own track Lost For Words and delivers a distinctive arrangement of Lennon & McCartneys Shes Leaving Home. There are also echoes of The Beatles Eleanor Rigby on a new arrangement of David Bowies The Man Who Sold The World.
Claires long-time partnership with Richard Rodney Bennett is acknowledged with both songwriting and arranging credits. Early To Bed is quintessential Bennett and Claire gives a heartfelt performance.
From album opener via Claires own hugely catchy arrangement of Catch Me If You Can to the album.
closer, Goodbye For Now, Time and Place sees Martin return with renewed vigour to pop-crossover territory, a trend she championed long before Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux made this style an accepted genre.
Known as The First Lady of British Jazz, Claire Martin has previously won Best Vocalist at the British Jazz Awards on six separate occasions, an award she was nominated in 2013.
Claire Martin has been a driving force behind the UK jazz scene for the past 25 years and in 2011 was appointed an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List for her services to music.
The Montpellier Cello Quartet performs and inspires a truly eclectic range of music. They bring the rich, warm sound of four cellos to a diverse mixture of classical music, pop, tango and jazz, performing existing quartet repertoire alongside new works written for them by living composers.
1. My Ship 3:20|
2. Catch Me If You Can 4:04
3. She’s Leaving Home 4:21
4. Early To Bed 3:31
5. Featherfall 4:44
6. The Man Who Sold The World 4:16
7. Round Midnight 5:23
8. Lost For Words 4:58
9. My Man’s Gone Now 5:20
10. Two Grey Rooms 4:16
11. Goodbye For Now 3:31
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