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Tierney Sutton Band: Screenplay

Read "Screenplay" reviewed by Nicholas F. Mondello

Cinema-related “standards" have been fertile territory for musicians to harvest ever since Al Jolson walked miles for smiles. With Screenplay, 8-time Grammy-nominated vocalist Tierney Sutton—here as the Tierney Sutton Band—takes a fascinating retrospective, delivering fifteen tunes we have often heard— but never this creatively. The result is a showcase that is unique, engaging, and—in terms of how Sutton, pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt and drummer Ray Brinker collectively speak—brilliant. “The Windmills of Your Mind" ...

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Tierney Sutton: Movie Music Re-visited

Read "Tierney Sutton: Movie Music Re-visited" reviewed by Josef Woodard

Ace jazz singer Tierney Sutton has built up a large discography and international “gigography" with her tautly integrated and long-standing band— pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Kevin Axt and Trey Henry and drummer Ray Brinker— scooping up accolades and trophies, of the GRAMMY and poll-winning sort and more. Enter a new-ish relationship: screen life. Sutton and band have rubbed collective elbows with the film world in the last few years, after jazz-loving director Clint Eastwood hired them to perform ...

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Tierney Sutton Band: ScreenPlay

Read "ScreenPlay" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

A cinematic sweep has long been present in the music of the Tierney Sutton Band, but never before have the stories been so vivid and the colors as striking. With ScreenPlay this long-running group adopts and adapts material from the silver screen, creating high art that's spellbinding and eminently listenable. In the past, whether exploring the music of rock icon Sting, remodeling the Great White Way, or placing jazz classics in new light, Sutton and her bandmates ...

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Tierney Sutton Band at the Newman Center

Read "Tierney Sutton Band at the Newman Center" reviewed by Geoff Anderson

Tierney Sutton Band Newman Center Denver, Colorado January 11, 2018 The Tierney Sutton Band has been known for some time as a unit that takes jazz standards and runs them through its magical musical box and something very, very different emerges. Usually, the results are somewhat recognizable, other times the original theme is revamped, subjected to genetic engineering and cross bred with strange genomes until it bears only the vaguest of familial resemblances; third ...

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The Tierney Sutton Band at SFJAZZ Center

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The Tierney Sutton Band SFJAZZ Center Summer Jazz Festival San Francisco, CA July 17, 2016 When Tierney Sutton holds a note it sucks the listener in like the gravity of an object slowly accumulating mass. Breaking the rhythm of her spare, surgically precise vocal brushwork, Sutton occasionally freezes on a certain pitch, taking the audience captive until they are forced to regard the intricacies of her timbral landscape. After a second or two, the ...

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Tierney Sutton Band at Jazz Standard

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Tierney Sutton Band Jazz Standard New York, NY February 19, 2015 In jazz circles, educated and experienced listeners often steer clear of first nights and opening sets of multi-night engagements. They rigidly adhere to that maxim about bands--be it an ad hoc formation or a working band--being a bit rusty or out of sync when a run begins. And while that's often the case, it's not a given. Some groups simply operate at such ...

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Tierney Sutton: Paris Sessions

Read "Paris Sessions" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...

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Tierney Sutton at Jazz Standard

Read "Tierney Sutton at Jazz Standard" reviewed by Ernest Barteldes

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 ...

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Tierney Sutton: After Blue

Read "After Blue" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

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 ...

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Tierney Sutton: After Blue

Read "After Blue" reviewed by Dan Bilawsky

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 ...

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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. ...

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Tierney Sutton: American Road

Read "American Road" reviewed by Jack Bowers

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 ...


Ocean Blues

"Ocean Blues" performed by the Dave Wilson Quartet at Chris’ Jazz Café (Philadelphia) on March 29, 2018. From the album One Night At Chris’ (2019) featuring Dave Wilson (saxophone), Dan Monaghan (drums), Tony Marino (bass) and Kirk Reese (piano).

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