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On I'm With The Band, jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton's performances at New York City's Birdland venue highlight the musical kinship and tight-knit connection she has come to enjoy with her band. In addition, the vocalist possesses the control and discipline of an operatic singer, coupled with a cool sensuous delivery and a consummate sense of swing. Spurred on by an appreciative audience, these live tracks are often engineered upon zesty swing vamps. With the standard "East of the Sun (And West of the Moon) pianist Christian Jacob wraps the primary theme into a rapidly swinging solo. The musicians tone matters down a bit on "If I Loved You, where Sutton's glowing lyricism exudes a personalized vibe, nicely supported by Jacob's tender phrasings.
The bulk of this live outing highlights the group's blithe, breezy, and up-tempo jazz grooves. Sutton's highly noticeable verve and charisma is enacted with a touch of sophisticated elegance that is counterbalanced by the group's thoroughly entertaining presentation. It must have been an exciting set, partly due to the quintet's tuneful choruses and razor-sharp unison runs. But on "The Lady Is a Tramp, Sutton rather diligently injects a smidgeon of grit and chutzpah into her delivery. Hence she creates a mood that summons up notions of an after-hours performance at a swanky Manhattan cocktail lounge. Simply stated, it's a winner! (Zealously recommended...)
Track Listing: Softly, As In A Morning Sunrise; Let's Face the Music and Dance; 'S Wonderful; Between the
Devil and the Deep Blue Sea; Two for the Road; East of the Sun (And West of the Moon);
People Will Say We're In Love; If I Loved You; Surrey With the Fringe On Top; Cheek to
Cheek; Blue Skies; I Get a Kick Out of You; The Lady Is a Tramp; What a Little Moonlight
Will Do; On My Way to You; Devil May Care.
Personnel: Tierney Sutton: vocals; Christian Jacob: piano; Trey Henry: bass; Kevin Axt: bass; Ray