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Claire Martin is joined by her all-Swedish trio as she celebrates another career milestone: recording her twentieth album for Linn Records. Making their UK debut at Ronnie Scott’s in 2018, Martin and her trio have played to sell-out audiences in Sweden, London and Madrid. Martin’s fascination with Sweden’s vibrant jazz scene began a decade ago, and via a shared love of songs she has cultivated a unique chemistry with her trio over the past two years. Uppsala-born pianist/arranger Martin Sjöstedt leads the trio comprising bassist Niklas Fernqvist and drummer Daniel Fredriksson. Sjöstedt, one of Sweden’s most gifted and talked about jazz musicians, has created imaginative new arrangements of contemporary material exclusively for Martin. Encompassing a century’s worth of tunes, tracks include ‘Broken Wings’ by Mr. Mister and ‘I’m Not in Love’ by 10cc, as well as favourites by Joe Locke, Joni Mitchell, Ivan Lins and Pat Metheny. Martin remembers legendary singer Lena Horne with her own arrangement of ‘Come Runnin’’ and pays tribute to Norway’s Karin Krog with ‘Cherry Tree Song’.
"... A towering success...an album that unfailingly touches the heart and lifts the soul."
"... One of Claire Martin's greatest strengths is the way in which she brings all of the different colours of her voice into play such that each song is allowed to resonate in the most powerful way."
The Arts Desk
"I can heartily recommend this for anyone who enjoys mainstream vocal jazz, as this showcases Claire Martin’s velvet voice superbly."
"Her best yet... Her Swedish trio is all fire and ice, and, as ever, the material is anything but conventional... Sheer class."
The Sunday Times
"...She sails stylishly and persuasively through a varied programme of well-wrought songs...captured in sumptuous sound quality."
BBC Music Magazine
"'A Little More Each Day' included here—it’s the type of quality jazz ballad that needs to be heard far and wide. Martin’s soaring rendition of the final chorus (with Fredriksson’s brilliant cymbal rolls in support) is one of the album’s many highlights."
Jazz History Online
"Alternately working a lightning vocalese dexterity and the honeyed tones of a sea-siren, yet with an engaging, girl-next-door familiarity, she owned the stage..."
"A delight from start to finish Claire shines on each and every number…In what is undoubtedly one of the best vocal albums this year, I cannot shake the feeling that Claire Martin has not yet peaked."