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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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Perhaps you need to be a Joni Mitchell fan to appreciate what Tierney has done with these tunes. Even back in the day, there were some who considered Joni's music a bit too "far out" but today she is considered one of THE top songwriters (and guitarists) of her time. Tierney has taken great care in arranging these songs to bring out their depth and complexity. I applaud her efforts along with all those who participated in this project. Bravo!

over and over again

Tierney Sutton has a the perfect voice and spirit to match Joni Mitchell's. Meaning not to match her spirit as much as to understand and relieve the depth of these songs with her capable spirit, the unknown American song book. Her arrangements / collaborations make this a series of songs which you want listen to over and over to fathom the complete creation of the artists performing on each. I highly recommend it.


Lacking in cliche, simply great.


Born: June 28, 1963 in Milwaukee, WI

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

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...
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