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Claire Martin & Ray Gelato: We’ve Got a World That Swings

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There are showier jazz singers. There are splashier jazz singers. But there are few, if any, finer jazz singers than Claire Martin. She’s certainly the best the U.K. has produced, with her cunning mix of straight-ahead purity and interpretive legerdemain.

Martin is fond of partnerships. She’s recorded two full-length albums with the late pianist-composer Richard Rodney Bennett, another with Kenny Barron, and she regularly performs alongside Ian Shaw and Joe Stilgoe. Here, nearly two decades after a pair of guest appearances on his The Full Flavour, she reunites with fellow Brit Ray Gelato, a seasoned saxophonist and vocalist with a style that suggests Buddy Greco by way of Louis Prima.

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