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On the Other Side

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All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Few jazz vocalists set out to deconstruct a standard as thoroughly as Tierney Sutton does. Her past albums have hovered around a theme but none as devotedly as On the Other Side, which takes the simple concept of happiness and turns it on its ear. Sutton could have approached classics like "Happy Talk," "Make Someone Happy," "Happy Days Are Here Again," and "Get Happy" as most singers would, finding their sweet spots and putting on a big smile as she sang them with ebullience. But these are some of the saddest renditions of happy tunes you'll ever hear, and Sutton's reinventions are such a success because she is so believably bummed. Often turning to minor keys to shift ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Jeff Tamarkin
Few jazz vocalists set out to deconstruct a standard as thoroughly as Tierney Sutton does. Her past albums have hovered around a theme but none as devotedly as On the Other Side, which takes the simple concept of happiness and turns it on its ear. Sutton could have approached classics like "Happy Talk," "Make Someone Happy," "Happy Days Are Here Again," and "Get Happy" as most singers would, finding their sweet spots and putting on a big smile as she sang them with ebullience. But these are some of the saddest renditions of happy tunes you'll ever hear, and Sutton's reinventions are such a success because she is so believably bummed. Often turning to minor keys to shift the mood downward, she takes the giddy and makes it melancholy. Rodgers & Hart's "Glad to Be Unhappy," despite its title, is quite often sung as if that's a welcomed state; when Sutton delivers a line such as "It's a pleasure to be sad," she makes certain that she's not appearing ironic. In Jimmie Davis' "You Are My Sunshine," the listener is right to ask whether the singer really means "You'll never know how much I love you," because the loneliness in her voice is so palpable. As always, Sutton's band is entirely sympathetic, their unfussy arrangements providing Sutton with the tonal foundation her unorthodox interpretations require. Her use of two bassists on some tracks doesn't weigh the music down but instead reinforces the darkness Sutton so convincingly conveys. And pianist Christian Jacob, especially, is a major presence -- Sutton's sole accompanist on the album-closing "Smile" the Charlie Chaplin fave is bluesy and mournful, the perfect complement to Sutton's unsmiling take. What's most interesting about On the Other Side, though, is that ultimately it doesn't feel like a downer. Sutton's voice is such a flexible, captivating instrument that it's a joy to follow, even as she's doing everything in her power to spread a frown. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Jazz Vocal Album.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/6/2007
  • Label: Telarc
  • UPC: 089408365027
  • Catalog Number: 83650
  • Sales rank: 75,653

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Get Happy - Tierney Sutton (4:51)
  2. 2 Happy Days Are Here Again - Tierney Sutton (3:40)
  3. 3 You Are My Sunshine - Tierney Sutton (5:36)
  4. 4 Glad to Be Unhappy - Tierney Sutton (3:19)
  5. 5 Sometimes I'm Happy - Tierney Sutton (4:47)
  6. 6 Happy Talk - Tierney Sutton (3:28)
  7. 7 Haunted Heart - Tierney Sutton (6:20)
  8. 8 I Want to Be Happy - Tierney Sutton (4:18)
  9. 9 Make Someone Happy - Tierney Sutton (4:00)
  10. 10 Great Day! - Tierney Sutton (3:59)
  11. 11 Happy Days Are Here Again - Tierney Sutton (5:15)
  12. 12 Get Happy - Tierney Sutton (5:15)
  13. 13 Smile - Tierney Sutton (5:09)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
The Tierney Sutton Band Primary Artist
Tierney Sutton Indexed Contributor, Vocals
Kevin Axt Bass, Group Member
Ray Brinker Drums, Group Member
Trey Henry Bass, Group Member
Jack Sheldon Trumpet, Vocals, Guest Appearance
Christian Jacob Piano, Group Member
Technical Credits
Jimmie Davis Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Milton Ager Composer
Kevin Axt Arranger
Ray Brinker Arranger
Irving Caesar Composer
Charlie Chaplin Composer
Betty Comden Composer
Howard Dietz Composer
Adolph Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Lorenz Hart Composer
Trey Henry Arranger
Christian Jacob Arranger
Elaine Martone Producer, Audio Production
Arthur Schwartz Composer
Jule Styne Composer
Jack Yellen Composer
Robert Friedrich Engineer, Mastering
Geoff Parsons Composer
Anilda Carrasquillo Art Direction
Pamela Springsteen Cover Photo, Inlay Photography
Tierney Sutton Arranger, Liner Notes
Ted Koehler Composer
Edward Eliscu Composer
Clifford Grey Composer
The Tierney Sutton Band Arranger
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