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Album Review

Tierney Sutton has evolved into one of the most striking jazz singers of the early 21st century, simply because of her gift for finding new approaches to familiar songs without abandoning their essence. With her longtime band (pianist Christian Jacob, drummer Ray Brinker, and either Trey Henry or Kevin Axt on bass), Sutton has crafted unusual arrangements of nine standards that many vocalists seem to perform on autopilot without giving them much thought. She turns "It's Only a Paper Moon" into a mystical work by interweaving an excerpt of a Bahá'í prayer in a tense arrangement with Jacob's adventurous altered chords and Brinker's brushwork complementing her enchanting vocal. The uptempo backing to her explosive interpretation of "My Heart Belongs" gives it a decidedly new twist. Likewise, Sutton puts her own touch on perennial vamp favorites like "Whatever Lola Wants" and "Fever" that make a substantial departure from well-known recordings. She's at her best with a pair of songs by Dave Frishberg, including the bittersweet "Long Daddy Green" (co-written by Blossom Dearie) and the touching ballad "Heart's Desire" (with music by Alan Broadbent), two gems that have been infrequently recorded.

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Just in case you are unfamiliar with Tierney Sutton

It is perhaps a great disservice to Tierney Sutton for me to write this, but just in case you are familiar with the likes of Diana Krall, but unfamiliar with Ms Sutton, do yourself a rather large favor and purchase this song; that or one of her many other songs that are available on Itunes. It's only a Paper Moon, Diamonds Are a Girl's Best Friend, or perhaps one of her versions of the song Get Happy. Her ability to rework and refresh music that you think you know will pleasantly surprise you, and her wonderful voice speaks for itself. Don't miss the opportunity to improve you mind and entertain your ears. If you are not familiar with Diana Krall's musical work, then you need to punch her name into the ITunes search menu as well, and spend even more money. Its for your own good!


Tierney Sutton & Band wrap standards in fiery new frameworks and produce wonderful, sizzling jazz performances. Do NOT Trust the sound samples, these songs are involved and multifaceted, and outstanding.


Great voice, great arrangements. Best vocal album of the year so far.


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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Desire, Tierney Sutton Band
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  • $9.99
  • Genres: Jazz, Music, Vocal Jazz
  • Released: Mar 03, 2009

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