Claire Martin & Jim Mullen - Bumpin - CD/LP
Claire Martin, who currently lives in Brighton, has performed all over the world over the last 30 years and has been called one of the top four jazz singers on the planet by Jazz Times magazine. She has been performing professionally since she was 19 years old, and just two years later she achieved her dream of singing at Ronnie Scott's legendary jazz club. Since then, she has released 18 albums including collaborations with prominent musicians such as Martin Taylor, Bill Charlap, and Kenny Barron, as well as having been part of an intimate and celebrated duo with the famed composer and pianist Sir Richard Rodney Bennett up until his passing in 2012.
Claire has also been a featured soloist with The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, the BBC Big Band, and the BBC Concert Orchestra. She has received seven British Jazz Awards, including two Best Vocalist prizes in 2009 and 2010, and another for 2012's Best Jazz Release: 'Too Much In Love To Care', a collaboration with Kenny Barron which received universal acclaim and for which Jazz Journal called her 'one of the finest jazz vocalists in the world today.'
Claire Martin has worked with legendary Scottish guitarist Jim Mullen for 30 years. He has also been recognized with several British Music Awards, including Best Guitarist in 1994, 1996, and 2000. The 74-year-old Glasgow native has never sounded better with his own distinctive style inspired, among others, by Wes Montgomery. His career got off to a flying start with Pete Brown & Piblokto!, then as a member of Brian Auger's Oblivion Express, and later with the Average
White Band. In the mid-1970s he met the tenor saxophonist Dick Morrissey and formed the jazz-funk band Morrissey-Mullen. Jim has played and recorded with Mose Allison, Mike Carr, Jimmy Witherspoon, Georgie Fame, Tam White, and countless others throughout a long and glorious career.
Tracklisting: 1. Road Song / 2. Polka Dots And Moonbeams / 3. Willow Weep For Me / 4. 'Round Midnight / 5. If You Could See Me Now / 6. Goin' Out Of My Head / 7. I Could Get Used To This (Bumpin') / 8. West Coast Blues / 9. Back In The Room (Bock To Bock) / 10. Born To Be Blue / 11. The End Of A Love Affair