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Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: Say it Isn’t So

One of the most delightful collaborations in vocal jazz, that of Britain’s preeminent female vocalist Claire Martin and chameleonic British composer-arranger-pianist-sometime-vocalist Richard Rodney Bennett, ended with Bennett’s death last December at age 76. A year and a half prior, Martin and Bennett had played to SRO crowds at the Algonquin’s now-dismantled Oak Room, saluting Irving … Read More “Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: Say it Isn’t So”

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Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: Witchcraft

When Britain’s foremost jazz singer meets the island’s most imaginative composer, the outcome is always stellar. When their latest pairing is constructed entirely around selections from the Cy Coleman songbook, the results are that much more spectacular. Bennett is more prominent throughout, providing elegantly insightful piano accompaniment on all 14 tracks, taking vocal lead on … Read More “Claire Martin & Richard Rodney Bennett: Witchcraft”

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