Album Info

Too Much in love to CareToo Much in love to Care
A collection of classic romantic songs and beautiful ballads from The Great American Songbook.
Buy it Now at: amazon | iTunes | LINNToo Much in Love to Care is Claire Martin’s first US studio recording for fifteen years and guest stars Kenny Barron, ‘one of the top jazz pianists in the world’ (LA Times).Claire Martin has been a driving force behind the UK jazz scene for the past 25 years and has won many accolades, including a British Jazz Award no less than six times. Her massive contribution to UK jazz was noted in 2011 when she was the proud recipient of an O.B.E. in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for her services to music.2011 saw Claire return to the States where she performed sell-out shows at The Lincoln Center with pianist Bill Charlap and The Algonquin Hotel in New York City with Sir Richard Rodney Bennett. New York City was also the location for her latest recording Too Much in Love to Care which she recorded with guest star Kenny Barron at Avatar Studios, one of the greatest recording facilities in the world.They were joined by bassist Peter Washington, drummer Kenny Washington and guest Steve Wilson on saxophone and flute.Too Much in Love to Care is a collection of classic romantic songs and beautiful ballads from The Great American Songbook with many of the tracks recorded in just one take, remarkable as it was the first time Claire and Kenny had played together.

Tracks

Track Time Listen
01. Too Much in Love to Care 03:07
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02. Embraceable You 04:54
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03. Weaver of Dreams 05:28
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04. Crazy He Calls Me 05:11
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05. You Turned the Tables on Me 03:50
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06. How Long Has This Been Going On? 05:42
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07. Lazy Afternoon 04:00
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08. Time After Time 02:44
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09. A Time for Love 05:58
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10. I Only Have Eyes for You 03:29
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11. I’m Glad There is You 05:18
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12. Wonder Why 03:26
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13. Too Late Now 04:40
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Reviews

Too Much In Love To Care – LondonJazz

Noting what she terms ‘a faint audible sigh of relief whenever I start singing something familiar at gigs’, Claire Martin has finally succumbed to this politest form of pressure and recorded (for the first time) an album entirely devoted to the Great American Songbook.

The result will undoubtedly delight said sighers, for not only does Martin herself turn in a flawless performance, but she has also enlisted the services of arguably the greatest living interpreter of such material, pianist Kenny Barron, impeccably supported by bassist Peter Washington, drummer Kenny Washington and flautist/saxophonist Steve Wilson.

Beginning with a relatively obscure standard, the Kriegsmann/Coates title-track (‘virtually untouched since Carmen McRae recorded it in 1954? according to liner-note writer Will Friedwald), Martin subsequently ventures into more familiar territory, including an affecting duo with Barron on the evergreen ‘Embraceable You’, a touching visit to ‘How Long Has This been Going On?‘ and – a triumph of revitalisation, considering how frequently it’s been recorded – a perfect rendition of ‘I Only Have Eyes for You’.

Martin’s great strengths – crystal-clear diction, an apparently informal ease of delivery that conceals considerable art, an ability (springing from a keen intelligence) to inject precisely the right amount of emotion into a lyric – are all on display throughout a thirteen-song set, and with the Washingtons, Wilson and the peerless Barron (characteristically combining luminously delicate lyricism with sparkling vigour as required) in top form, this is an unalloyed treat from start to finish.

WRITTEN BY CHRIS PARKER FOR LONDONJAZZ ON 10TH APRIL 2012

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