After Blue

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Tierney Sutton claims she had never really encountered Joni Mitchell until she heard the songwriter's 2000 album Both Sides Now, a collection mainly comprised of standards. An album she holds in the same regard as Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours and Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin. In 2011 she performed four of Mitchell's songs during a performance with the Turtle Island String Quartet; that gig set this project in motion. After Blue is Sutton's first offering that doesn't include her regular band -- its members were involved with other projects at the time. Instead, her collaborators are a collection of jazz luminaries who include Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings, Ralph ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
Tierney Sutton claims she had never really encountered Joni Mitchell until she heard the songwriter's 2000 album Both Sides Now, a collection mainly comprised of standards. An album she holds in the same regard as Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours and Billie Holiday's Lady in Satin. In 2011 she performed four of Mitchell's songs during a performance with the Turtle Island String Quartet; that gig set this project in motion. After Blue is Sutton's first offering that doesn't include her regular band -- its members were involved with other projects at the time. Instead, her collaborators are a collection of jazz luminaries who include Peter Erskine, Larry Goldings, Ralph Humphrey, Hubert Laws, the TISQ, and Al Jarreau, who duets on "Be Cool" the only track to feature one of Sutton's own musicians, bassist Kevin Axt. Sutton reads Mitchell by moving through the songwriter's various creative periods, embracing the singer/songwriter's jazz leanings in her phrasing, improvisation, and syncopation, and their shared love of the Great American Songbook. This last notion is evidenced by Sutton's version of "Don't Go to Strangers" and "Answer Me My Love," both of which Mitchell poignantly delivered on Both Sides Now. She also seamlessly melds closer "Freeman in Paris" with "April in Paris." Other standouts include "Blue" and "Little Green" with TISQ, the fingerpopping "The Dry Cleaner from Des Moines" with Laws, Erskine, and Goldings, and the swinging, thoroughly re-envisioned "Big Yellow Taxi." On "Both Sides Now," she is accompanied only by Mark Summer's cello. For those accustomed to hearing Sutton re-interpreting standards from the golden era, After Blue retains her trademark gifts of phrasing, restraint, and emotional honesty. But as an album, it is just as remarkable as Herbie Hancock's The Joni Letters in its creative rapprochement of Mitchell's music with the jazz tradition, and reveals Sutton at a vocal and interpretive peak.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/24/2013
  • Label: Varese Sarabande
  • UPC: 030206241921
  • Catalog Number: 062419
  • Sales rank: 32,250

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Tierney Sutton Primary Artist, Vocals
Al Jarreau Vocals, Guest Appearance
Peter Erskine Drums
Larry Goldings Piano, Hammond B3
Hubert Laws Flute
Turtle Island String Quartet String Quartet
David Balakrishnan Violin
Ralph Humphrey Drums
Mark Summer Cello
Mateusz Smoczynski Violin
Benjamin von Gutzeit Viola
Serge Merlaud Guitar
Technical Credits
Joni Mitchell Composer
Charles Mingus Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Kevin Axt Arranger
David Balakrishnan Arranger
Redd Evans Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
David Luke Engineer
Elaine Martone Producer
Carl Sigman Composer
Mark Summer Arranger
Andy Waterman Engineer, Mastering
Dave Mann Composer
Tierney Sutton Arranger, Producer, Cover Illustration
Arthur Kent Composer
Gerhard Winkler Composer
Julie Bernstein Arranger
Fred Rauch Composer
Steven Corn Executive Producer
Jean Taxis Engineer
Steven Weber Executive Producer
Chris Digirolamo Publicity
Serge Merlaud Arranger
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