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Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett - Witchcraft (2011)


Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett - Witchcraft (2011)


Artist: Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett
Title Of Album: Witchcraft
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Linn
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320 kbps
Total Time: 42:53 Min
Total Size: 104 Mb

Tracklist:

1. Im Gonna Laugh You Right Out
2. The Best is Yet to Come
3. The Rules of the Road
4. On Second Thought
5. Ev'rybody Today is Turning On
6. Sometime When You’re Lonely
7. Let Me Down Easy
8. Nobody Does It Like Me
9. Thats My Style
10. When in Rome
11. Witchcraft
12. With Every Breath I Take
13. On the Other Side of the Track
14. Would You Believe

Since their first meeting in Glasgow in the early 1990s, singer Claire Martin and composer/pianist Richard Rodney Bennett have been what Martin calls 'firm friends', their relationship cemented by a common interest in the subtleties of songwriting and jazz singing, not to mention cigarettes and vodka.
On this album, they perform as a (delightfully informal but consistently musicianly) duo, her intimate, deceptively unfussy vocal style perfectly complemented by his flawlessly eloquent piano. Their material is all mined from the Cy Coleman songbook, his celebrated classics ('The Best is Yet to Come', 'Witchcraft') interspersed with less celebrated but none the less touching, wry love songs ('Sometime When You're Lonely', 'Nobody Does It Like Me') and the odd snappy social satire (the Lehreresque Ev'rybody Today is Turning On', co-written by Michael Mike Stewart, brother of celebrated folk singer/songwriter John).
Martin might have been specially created to interpret these self-deprecating, witty but poignant songs, her ostensibly conversational delivery underpinned by firm adherence to all the classic jazz-singing essentials: crystal-clear diction, a sophisticated sense of swing, a keen intelligence able to wring every last drop of significance from the sharpest lyric. Bennett, too, though not a singing virtuoso, has an affecting, attractively lived-in voice, and so the pair's duets are entertaining and emotive, and the album as a whole is, as one recent reviewer commented, 'wise and cultivated altogether satisfying'. (Chris Parker)




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