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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Tierney Sutton has long been a wide-ranging explorer as a vocalist, not satisfied with the standard jazz canon or typical approaches to songs. Together with her long-running band (pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, plus drummer Ray Brinker, all but one of whom have been with her since prior to her 1998 debut CD), Sutton finds songs she likes and works with her musicians to create provocative arrangements that keep the essence of melodies within reach while making thoughtful use of space and surprising rhythms. Opening with a focus on traditional songs, Sutton's warm voice is complemented by Brinker's hip backbeat and Jacob's darting piano. Her medley...
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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Tierney Sutton has long been a wide-ranging explorer as a vocalist, not satisfied with the standard jazz canon or typical approaches to songs. Together with her long-running band (pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, plus drummer Ray Brinker, all but one of whom have been with her since prior to her 1998 debut CD), Sutton finds songs she likes and works with her musicians to create provocative arrangements that keep the essence of melodies within reach while making thoughtful use of space and surprising rhythms. Opening with a focus on traditional songs, Sutton's warm voice is complemented by Brinker's hip backbeat and Jacob's darting piano. Her medley of "Oh Shenandoah" and "The Water Is Wide" is full of surprises, with her rich wordless vocal in the former bracketing the latter as its centerpiece, with Jacob interweaving "Oh Shenandoah" into his backing of the singer in "The Water Is Wide." The humorous introduction to George Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" sounds like one of the two themes from Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse," though the piece quickly takes an ominous turn in Sutton's dramatic, driving setting. Two more pieces from Porgy and Bess follow, a harmonically rich yet melancholy "Summertime" and a powerful "My Man's Gone Now" that incorporates an insistent vamp to increase its emotional impact. Sutton also explores the music of Broadway with three selections from the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim hit musical West Side Story, highlighted by her moving treatment of "Somewhere." The finale is a harmonically rich duet with Jacob of "America the Beautiful," a beloved song that jazz vocalists have long overlooked.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/6/2011
  • Label: Varese Fontana
  • UPC: 030206240825
  • Catalog Number: 062408
  • Sales rank: 10,596

Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tierney Sutton Band Primary Artist
Tierney Sutton Indexed Contributor, Vocals, Group Member
Kevin Axt Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Group Member
Ray Brinker Percussion, Drums, Group Member
Trey Henry Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass, Group Member
Christian Jacob Piano, Group Member
Technical Credits
Leonard Bernstein Composer
George Gershwin Composer
Stephen Sondheim Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Jerry Leiber Composer
Barry Mann Composer
Kevin Axt Arranger
Ray Brinker Arranger
Ira Gershwin Composer
Walter Gross Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg Composer
Trey Henry Arranger
Christian Jacob Arranger
Jack Lawrence Composer
Elaine Martone Producer
John Newton Composer
Mike Stoller Composer
Andy Waterman Engineer, Mastering
Cynthia Weil Composer
Samuel A. Ward Composer
DuBose Heyward Composer
Tierney Sutton Arranger
Katherine Lee Bates Composer
Traditional Composer
The Tierney Sutton Band Producer
Ethan Walter Vocal Producer
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