American Road

American Road

by The Tierney Sutton BandThe Tierney Sutton Band


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Tierney Sutton has long been a wide-ranging explorer as a vocalist, not satisfied with the standard jazz canon or typical approaches to songs. Together with her long-running band (pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, plus drummer Ray Brinker, all but one of whom have been with her since prior to her 1998 debut CD), Sutton finds songs she likes and works with her musicians to create provocative arrangements that keep the essence of melodies within reach while making thoughtful use of space and surprising rhythms. Opening with a focus on traditional songs, Sutton's warm voice is complemented by Brinker's hip backbeat and Jacob's darting piano. Her medley of "Oh Shenandoah" and "The Water Is Wide" is full of surprises, with her rich wordless vocal in the former bracketing the latter as its centerpiece, with Jacob interweaving "Oh Shenandoah" into his backing of the singer in "The Water Is Wide." The humorous introduction to George Gershwin's "It Ain't Necessarily So" sounds like one of the two themes from Raymond Scott's "Powerhouse," though the piece quickly takes an ominous turn in Sutton's dramatic, driving setting. Two more pieces from Porgy and Bess follow, a harmonically rich yet melancholy "Summertime" and a powerful "My Man's Gone Now" that incorporates an insistent vamp to increase its emotional impact. Sutton also explores the music of Broadway with three selections from the Leonard Bernstein/Stephen Sondheim hit musical West Side Story, highlighted by her moving treatment of "Somewhere." The finale is a harmonically rich duet with Jacob of "America the Beautiful," a beloved song that jazz vocalists have long overlooked.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/06/2011
Label: Bfm Jazz
UPC: 0030206240825
catalogNumber: 62408
Rank: 51259

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tierney Sutton Band   Primary Artist
Kevin Axt   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Ray Brinker   Percussion,Drums,Group Member
Trey Henry   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Christian Jacob   Piano,Group Member
Tierney Sutton   Vocals,Group Member

Technical Credits

Leonard Bernstein   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Stephen Sondheim   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jerry Leiber   Composer
Barry Mann   Composer
Kevin Axt   Arranger
Ray Brinker   Arranger
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Walter Gross   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Trey Henry   Arranger
Christian Jacob   Arranger
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Elaine Martone   Producer
John Newton   Composer
Mike Stoller   Composer
Andy Waterman   Engineer
Cynthia Weil   Composer
Samuel A. Ward   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Tierney Sutton   Arranger
Katherine Lee Bates   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Tierney Sutton Band   Producer
Ethan Walter   Vocal Producer

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