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Tierney Sutton: Paris Sessions

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Think you know every aspect of Tierney Sutton's artistic persona? Think again. Hearing the Paris Sessions is to hear Sutton anew. Sure, it's that same one-of-a-kind voice, but there's no Tierney Sutton Band here, incredibly novel arrangements aren't a priority on this one, and there's no grand umbrella theme to contend with. This is simply a captivating listen-by-candlelight album that strikes to the heart of Tierney Sutton. Paris Sessions is easily the most informal item in Sutton's discography, but the idea of informality shouldn't carry a negative connotation; quite the opposite, in fact. This is a work ...

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Tierney Sutton at Jazz Standard

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Tierney Sutton With Special guest Peter Erskine Jazz Standard New York, NY October 10, 2013 As Tierney Sutton began the first set of her four-night residence at New York's Jazz Standard in celebration of the release of her Joni Mitchell project After Blue (BFM Jazz, 2013), she noted that though she was aware of Mitchell's more memorable hits, it wasn't until the release of the Both Sides Now (Reprise, 2000)--an album that featured standards alongside some original material--that she really began to pay attention to the music of the legendary ...

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Tierney Sutton: After Blue

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Tierney Sutton is the calm current flowing through the turbulent water of jazz vocals, making big changes and important recordings without stirring the water too much. Her creative presence and influence cannot be denied when listening to Gretchen Parlato, Becca Stevens and Renee Yoxon among many others. Sutton's musical metaphysics is grounded in cool yet penetrating exploration using the traditional jazz instrumentation and songbook, transforming both in the bargain. On After Blue, Sutton steps away from the “standard" Great American Songbook to what can be considered a “new" Great American (Canadian) Songbook, that of vocalist composer Joni Mitchell.

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Tierney Sutton: After Blue

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Joni Mitchell and jazz have long engaged in mutualism. Mitchell subtly absorbed the ideals of this music, which were then filtered into her work, and she built musical relationships with some of the finest jazz musicians to walk this Earth; the list of her collaborators--bassist Charles Mingus, saxophonist Wayne Shorter, guitarist Pat Metheny and numerous others--is long and staggering. Jazz, on the other side of the relationship, benefitted from her body of work and interpretive skills. Everybody from pianist Keith Jarrett to vocalist Kate McGarry has taken a stab at Mitchell's music, embracing and exploring the deep wellspring of emotions ...

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Tierney Sutton Band at Dazzle

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Tierney Sutton BandDazzleDenverMay 6, 2012Most attractive female singers with long blonde hair simply market themselves under their own name. Not so Tierney Sutton. She's not a solo act. She's part of the Tierney Sutton Band. Sure, she's the focal point onstage (a long blonde mane will do that), but the band is a true collaboration, having been together for about 20 years. Besides performing together, the band collectively creates its own arrangements of jazz standards. Sunday night at Dazzle, Sutton estimated that the group has about 150 to 170 songs in its book that have ...

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Tierney Sutton: American Road

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The name “Tierney Sutton Band" is not only inclusive but entirely appropriate, as Sutton, one of the current scene's most versatile and accomplished jazz singers, uses her supple voice as an instrument to complement those of pianist Christian Jacob, drummer Ray Brinker and bassists Trey Henry or Kevin Axt on American Road, the band's spacious and colorful salute to the country of its birth. The album has been nominated for Grammy Awards for best instrumental recording (small groups) and best arrangement for group with vocal, for “On Broadway." Speaking of arrangements, they are in each instance a ...

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The Tierney Sutton Band: American Road

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Tierney Sutton inhabits songs as few vocalists can or do: with a certain vulnerability and powerful drama that imbues each song with an electricity that sends tingles up and down the spine. These singular characteristics melt into her sense of how to vary her phrasing with such subtlety that, if the inner ear is not tuned in to her voice, the magic vanishes in the flashes of lightning that appear every now and then as she sings. And so to pick a program, as she has done on American Road, means that it is almost certain that she will deliver ...



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