12 Songs, 58 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

The jazz bona fides of singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell are well documented in her own performances and by jazz musicians covering her compositions. Now it's singer Tierney Sutton’s turn, and she has the courage, range, and technique to take on Mitchell’s demanding songs and add something fresh. Instead of using Sutton’s regular working band, the album features lineups that change from song to song. The biggest surprise comes from classical music’s Turtle Island Quartet on four songs, including an elegant version of “Blue” followed by a funky cello (!) on “All I Want.” Other Mitchell classics include a piano-driven version of “Woodstock” and “Both Sides Now,” which could become a defining performance by Sutton. Al Jarreau stops by for a raucous version of “Be Cool,” and then “Don’t Go to Strangers” and “Answer Me, My Love” (two standards whose arrangements are inspired by Mitchell) balance that tune with the low-key swing guitar-and-voice format. Though not Sutton’s typical set of jazz standards, After Blue is an unqualified success.

EDITORS’ NOTES

The jazz bona fides of singer/songwriter Joni Mitchell are well documented in her own performances and by jazz musicians covering her compositions. Now it's singer Tierney Sutton’s turn, and she has the courage, range, and technique to take on Mitchell’s demanding songs and add something fresh. Instead of using Sutton’s regular working band, the album features lineups that change from song to song. The biggest surprise comes from classical music’s Turtle Island Quartet on four songs, including an elegant version of “Blue” followed by a funky cello (!) on “All I Want.” Other Mitchell classics include a piano-driven version of “Woodstock” and “Both Sides Now,” which could become a defining performance by Sutton. Al Jarreau stops by for a raucous version of “Be Cool,” and then “Don’t Go to Strangers” and “Answer Me, My Love” (two standards whose arrangements are inspired by Mitchell) balance that tune with the low-key swing guitar-and-voice format. Though not Sutton’s typical set of jazz standards, After Blue is an unqualified success.

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About Tierney Sutton

A fine Los Angeles-based jazz singer, Tierney Sutton has a lot of potential for the future. She grew up in Milwaukee and attended Boston University and Wesleyan, where she gained a degree in Russian language and literature. At Wesleyan, Sutton became involved in singing jazz and after graduating she went to Berklee for a few semesters, studying under Jerry Bergonzi. In 1994 she moved to Los Angeles and has since become a fixture in the area's jazz scene. Sutton, who teaches voice at USC, often leads her own group, sings with Buddy Childers and Dave MacKay, and has guested with the Les Brown Orchestra. Sutton's debut CD was for the A Music label in 1998; she has also recorded with Childers, and issued Unsung Heroes in the spring of 2000. The next record, Blue in Green, was a tribute to pianist Bill Evans that offered several songs that he had either recorded or collaborated on. Another record of standards, Something Cool, followed in 2002 and offered several different genres including country and show tunes. She followed up with three more fine records for Telarc, 2004's Dancing in the Dark, 2005's I'm with the Band, and 2007's On the Other Side. Both I'm with the Band and On the Other Side recieved Grammy nominations and helped raise Sutton's profile nationally. In 2009, Sutton -- a practicing believer in the Baha'i faith -- returned with Desire. Although the album includes Sutton's interpretations of jazz standards, it also features several recited passages from The Hidden Words of Bah’u’llah, a sacred Baha'i text. ~ Scott Yanow

  • ORIGIN
    Milwaukee, WI
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    June 28, 1963

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