THERE is an effortless quality about truly talented performers and Claire Martin is one of those who really does not look as though she has to try at all.

Ever since her debut album ‘The Waiting Game’ way back in 1992 the plaudits have flooded in for the Brighton-based singer and the five times winner at the British Jazz Awards did not disappoint.

Aided by a band of jazz luminaries – guitar maestro Jim Mullen, the excellent Gareth Williams on piano, and a subtle and swinging rhythm section in Laurence Cottle (bass) and Clark Tracey (drums) – Martin can give full freedom to her range of styles and also her emotions.

And what a catalogue of styles they produced. From blues through bossa nova to ballads the whole band were simply brilliant.

From a personal point of view the duets performed by Martin and Mullin, a team that was forged way back when Martin started out as a 21-year-old in the early nineties, were the highlight as the subtlety of Mullins guitar provided the background to Martin’s superb singing.

Sometimes soulful, sometimes strident and sometimes just simply soaring, Martin’s technique is probably second to none on the current jazz scene and all the time you just the feeling that Claire and her band are having so much fun.

Whatever the emotion Martin is the master of her art – she is a memorable act that is not to be missed.