Claire Martin's eclectic taste, originality and flair ensures this foray into pop-crossover territory, a trend she championed long before Norah Jones and Madeleine Peyroux made this style an accepted genre, was highly successful.
Claire invited Noel Gallagher to play acoustic guitar on 'Help!' whilst other notable contributors include Paul Stacey, Gareth Williams, Arnie Somogyi. Jeremy Stacey, Jason Rebello and Mornington Lockett.
Claire Martin co-wrote a few of the songs on ‘Take My Heart', including 'Pleading Guilty' which is Joni Mitchell-esque in style and Inner City Girl.
‘...the most classy interpreter of tasteful contemporary pop material...' Jazz Times
‘Martin the pop singer proved to be every bit as compelling as Martin the jazz singer.' AllMusic.com
‘...her seductively honeyed treatments underline her ability to combine genres in satisfying fashion.' Jazzwise
‘...cool, jazzy vocals.' Hi-Fi News & Record Review
‘Martin's leisurely, smoky voice never dodges a syllable or blurs a meaning as it sends slow, lingering chills up the back of the neck.' All About Jazz
Claire Martin - vocals
Paul Stacey - guitars, keyboards
Jeremy Stacey - drums
Noel Gallagher - acoustic guitar
Jason Rebello - keyboards
Mornington Lockett - clarinet, saxophones
Gareth Williams - piano
Arnie Somogyi - double bass
Recorded at Static, Wendyhouse & Winterbrook Studios, UK, January-March 1998
Executive producer: Burkhard Hopper
Produced, arranged & engineered by Paul Stacey
Assistant engineering by Andrew Lynwood
Mastered by Ben Turner