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I'm with the Band
     

I'm with the Band

by Tierney Sutton
 
Tierney Sutton may be a vocal jazz icon-in-the-making, but she sure knows the value of a first-class support team. On this vivid live recording, Tierney acknowledges the symbiotic relationship she has established with her unique backing ensemble (piano, drums, and two basses). Interacting with hand-in-glove responsiveness, the vocalist and her quartet find much to

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Tierney Sutton may be a vocal jazz icon-in-the-making, but she sure knows the value of a first-class support team. On this vivid live recording, Tierney acknowledges the symbiotic relationship she has established with her unique backing ensemble (piano, drums, and two basses). Interacting with hand-in-glove responsiveness, the vocalist and her quartet find much to say on a program that consists largely of Great American Songbook standards. Tierney is among the most subtle and nuanced of jazz singers; for her, detail and considered interpretation are inextricably linked with expressiveness. Yet she holds nothing back when it comes to out-and-out swinging; her rhythmic reflexes are as sharp as her vocal tones are mellifluous. And, it goes without saying, her instrumental unit is as attuned to the presentation of each song as she is. They line Sutton’s vocals in silk, and then find their own ways to shine during solo spots -- a perfect working situation. No wonder Sutton is proud to be a member of the gang.

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jonathan Widran
Since popping into our collective jazz consciousness as a semifinalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition in 1998 and signing with Telarc Jazz a few years later, the versatile stylist Sutton Tierney has carved a unique career around theme-centered recordings -- most notably with Unsung Heroes (featuring sung renditions of songs normally done as instrumentals) and Blue in Green (a tribute record to Bill Evans). Her creativity with tempo, song selection, and witty modulations is at full-throttle on her fifth disc for the label, I'm with the Band, an hour-long set recorded live at Birdland in March 2005. Though she's clearly the star and her ensemble is always in her service, the album title and cover photo beautifully illustrate the mutual love she and her brilliant bandmates have shared for ten years. Each tune has space for Tierney to shine and improvise over simple harmonic and rhythmic support before she lets them break free. On the opening track, "Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise," she swings via words and scat over pianist Christian Jacob's alternately dark and light chordings, and drummer Ray Brinker's brisk brushes; then Jacob rolls with a feisty solo as Brinker and bassists Kevin Axt and Trey Henry groove behind him. "Let's Face the Music and Dance" features their very gentle support behind her restrained and thoughtful reflections, while Tierney and her rhythm section render "'S Wonderful" with a wistful wink. Tierney has her moments of gentle and poignant romance ("If I Loved You"), but is clearly having the most fun when she's moving at a faster tempo, alternating words and scat so effortlessly and seamlessly that you don't realize she's shifting back and forth. This disc is live jazz at its best and is destined to be a classic.

Product Details

Release Date:
08/23/2005
Label:
Telarc
UPC:
0089408361623
catalogNumber:
83616
Rank:
76887

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Performance Credits

Tierney Sutton   Primary Artist,Vocals
Kevin Axt   Bass,Group Member
Ray Brinker   Drums,Group Member
Trey Henry   Bass,Group Member
Christian Jacob   Piano,Group Member

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Kevin Axt   Arranger
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Leslie Bricusse   Composer
Ray Brinker   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Trey Henry   Arranger
Christian Jacob   Arranger
Elaine Martone   Producer
Cole Porter   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Tierney Sutton   Arranger
Ted Koehler   Composer
Brooks Bowman   Composer
Pablo Aguilar   Cover Photo

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