Claire Martin – Time and Place

November 25, 2014 / No Comments / Tags: Ben Reynolds, Claire Martin, Gareth Williams, Jeremy Brown, Joe Stilgoe, Laurence Cottle, The Montpellier Cello Quartet, Time and Place

(Linn Records)

Claire Martin is a sophisticated singer in her own right, but add a string quartet and a terrific selection of tunes and you’ve got a truly high caliber production. On Time & Place, Martin truly delivers with the wonderful talents of the Montpellier Cello Quartet elevating the endeavor. Also contributing this fantastic effort are pianists Joe Stilgoe and Gareth Williams, bassists Jeremy Brown and Laurence Cottle and drummer Ben Reynolds. The song selection are wonderfully imagined¬† arrangements of compositions by Ira Gershwin, Kurt Weill, Lennon and McCartney, David Bowie, Geoffrey Keezer and Joni Mitchell. The quartet, which is clearly not-your-father’s string quartet, delivers on the diverse set list with great acuity. Martin gracefully leads the whole effort with confidence. An excellent, excellent recording.

Click to listen to a clip of “The Man Who Sold The World”:

Tracks: My Ship, Catch Me If You Can, She’s Leaving Home, Early To Bed, Featherfall, The Man Who Sold The World, Lost for Words, Round Midnight, My Man’s Gone Now, Two Grey Rooms, Goodbye For Now .