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Singer Suzanne Pittson, who is based in the San Francisco Bay area, has a wide range, is able to interpret lyrics with proper sensitivity and is a masterful scatter. She improvises constantly, and her solos are full of surprises and chance-taking. In addition to a few fresh versions of standards (including "My Ship," "Out Of Nowhere" and an eccentric "Love For Sale"), Pittson explores such rarely heard material as Oliver Nelson's "Butch And Butch" and "Blues And The Abstract Truth" (both of which have been given lyrics by her husband, pianist Jeff Pittson), Jerome Kern's underrated (and rather emotional) "In Love In Vain," and Jimmy Heath's complex "Gingerbread Boy." The warm vocalist is assisted on this worthy effort (which was not put out until late 1996) by her spouse, along with trumpeter Jack Walrath (who takes several surprisingly extroverted solos), bassist Harvie Swartz and drummer Mike Clark.


Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s

A native and resident of the San Francisco Bay Area, Suzanne Pittson is a risk-taking jazz singer and lyricist who often thinks like a horn player. In fact, she has cited sax greats Michael Brecker and John Coltrane as some of her major influences. Pittson (who can be a sensitive interpreter of lyrics or an intellectual, cerebral scat singer) was born Suzanne Haight in Oakland, CA, where her appreciation of jazz was encouraged by her mother Betty Haight (a jazz singer in her youth) as well as her...
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Blues and the Abstract Truth, Suzanne Pittson
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  • $16.90
  • Genres: Jazz, Music
  • Released: 1992

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