Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett have taken their creative partnership to the next level with this album. Bennett's refined playing and distinguished compositional style fuse beautifully with the powerful and passionate vocals of Britain's First Lady of Jazz, despite the musicians having very different backgrounds. The pair have worked together a number of times over the years and each collaboration just gets better than the last.
Witchcraft is the result of the dynamic collaboration between Claire Martin and Richard Rodney Bennett. This album contains a thoughtful selection of songs from the Cy Coleman songbook. Together, this collection weaves together the opposing talents of the sultry jazz sensation Claire Martin and the polished, savvy keyboard skills and compositional insight of Richard Rodney Bennett. Martin's strength as one of the best interpreters of the Great American Songbook shines through in this recording. The smoky elegance of her vocal sculpts itself around the smooth flowing textures of the piano accompaniment and the occasional vocal repartee of Bennett. The result of this established partnership is mesmerizing music that takes you back to a wonderful and simpler time of yesteryear.
• SACD Multi-Channel & Stereo Layers
• HDCD Stereo Layer
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