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American Road

Tierney Sutton, The Tierney Sutton BandAudio CD
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  • Audio CD (September 6, 2011)
  • Original Release Date: 2011
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: BFM Jazz
  • ASIN: B005D1IFY4
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #5,766 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Sublime Search for America October 1, 2011
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I have waxed rhapsodically about the Tierney Sutton Band before. How can you not? This group of true musicians (Tierney Sutton, vocals; Christian Jacob, piano; Ray Brinker, percussion; Trey Henry, bass; and Kevin Axt, (also) bass) consistently challenge themselves to take the familiar, find the essence of the song, and interpret it in a way that has not been heard before. And they consistently succeed. When a new album of theirs hits the market, you not only know it's going to be stunning, you ask "How can they top the last one?"

I won't say they have topped "Desire," or "On the Other Side." I will say that they have added a very worthy complement to those superb albums, with another superb one.

In this c.d., the T.S. Band's theme is America. They have gone off to look for America. But they have done considerably more than take a four-day hitchhike from Saginaw.

Finding America means finding its roots. And that means finding its folk source (e.g., "Wayfaring Strangers" and "Shenandoah"), but also its spirituality (e.g., "The Water is Wide" and "Amazing Grace," that most spiritual of all hymns). And to emphasize the source, it means hearing the similarities between "The Water Is Wide" and "Shenandoah," and combining them into one.

Finding America means exploring the golden ages of American music, meaning the '30's and the '60's. So, the T.S. Band gives us a swingin' jazz version of the neglected Arlen classic, "The Eagle and Me." Even more, the Band gives us a set of Gershwin, but puts a rock back beat to "It Ain't Necessarily So." But the '60's was also a golden era of jazz (along with the late '50's), and for all the many ways "Summertime" has been interpreted, this is the first modal jazz re-visit of the classic I've ever heard.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Jazz Album of 2011 November 9, 2011
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The Tierney Sutton Band CD "American Road" is brilliant in every way, and is easily one of the finest jazz albums of 2011! Once again, everyone in the band contributes their own musical genius, and having worked together for over 18 years, they are so amazingly intertwined and natural that it stagers the mind, imagination and ears. "American Road" (like several releases by the band) plays on a theme - this time a tribute to the music of Americana that is just that - avoiding any political correctness or bashing - 'allowing the listener to be a proud American once again, even if just for the music. The rendition of "America the Beautiful" is stunning, as are most every other cut on the CD. "Tenderly" is wonderfully earthy and minimalist with just Tierney singing accompanied by the brilliant Christian Jacob on piano. The mash-up of "Oh Shenandoah/The Water is Wide" is nothing short of musical magic with Jacob's masterful arranging and counterpoint. Tierney's scat and beautiful articulation are so skillful - few seem to master both. This album is as well thought-out as it is performed. You won't be disappointed!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
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I have every single album Tierney has released under her (or the band's) name, and this new project, American Road, is one longtime Tierney Sutton fans and newcomers alike will not want to miss. As for mood, it reminds me most of the previous album, Desire, which was a thrill for me because I like Desire perhaps the most of all of their albums except possibly Blue in Green, the marvelous tribute to Bill Evans. With respect to Desire, though, this album is not just "more of the same."

On American Road, the band has maintained the exceedingly high level of Desire and other previous releases with excellent song choices (all with an Americana theme or some other connection, direct or indirect, to America); fresh, intriguing, sometimes haunting arrangements; beautiful, hip singing by Tierney; and outstanding support from the band (Christian Jacob is, hands down, one of the best jazz pianists on the scene today).

Highly recommended.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tierney & Christian & Kevin & Trey & Ray December 28, 2011
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Tierney Sutton and her band are synergistic and her albums are band albums. As one of her previous titles observed: "I'm with the Band." These slower, thoughtful tracks, all familiar standards from spirituals to Broadway, owe much to the rich, expressive piano work of Christian Jacob, especially, and the understated drum accents of Ray Brinker and the bass lines of Kevin Axg and Trey Henry. The entire band arranges the music, and how extraordinarily interesting their statements are! The lyrics stand up bold this way, and though we have heard them thousands of times, we listen attentively. Tierney's pure voice is heard in stark, wonderful detail. Already a 2011 Grammy nominee (thus far), it is one of the band's best albums. Rhythm, clarity, and passion underlie their effort. The album clocks 61 minutes, unusual for a jazz work, and I am amazed how fast it went. Kudos to all on these grand recordings.
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5.0 out of 5 stars All or Nothing at All December 15, 2011
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I wouldn't call this the single best album from Tierney Sutton. Both the Bill Evans album and the Frank Sinatra tribute album (the best such album, because it evokes some of the depth and beautify of Ole Blue's Capitol "concept" albums from the fifties) could easily qualify for that singular honor, as could the more light-hearted session that features an appearance by the shamefully underrated, inimitable (whether trumpet or voice) Jack Sheldon. But "American Road" is certainly right up there with her other sterling projects.

With Tierney you can count on two features that set her albums apart from the field: 1. a keen musical intelligence that shapes what is less a collection of familiar songs than a thematic whole, a virtual tone poem evoking images, stories, and emotions related to a unifying idea; 2. A rhythm section that, especially due to the presence of pianist Christian Jacob, is practically an extension of the vocalist's thematic design and high musical standards, which insist on fresh and unusual arrangements capable of making the most thread-worn material strike the listener as newly minted.

"American Roads" starts by establishing a sense of place with three "public domain" songs that survey the lay of the land as the immediate successors to Columbus may have seen it. It then goes into the nation's urban heart with "On Broadway," then to the history and hope of an oppressed people as conveyed by "Amazing Grace," and next to acceptance of these people, whose experience is part of a multifarious history, incorporated into a New World melting pot dissolving differences between "high" and "low" culture and black and white skin color through a "folk" opera about African-American people composed by a Jewish-American musician: Gershwin's "Porgy and Bess.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars I really enjoy this music.
I heard Wayfaring Stranger on the radio and decided to buy the album. This is my first Tierney Sutton album and I have enjoyed listening to it. Read more
Published 3 months ago by SeaGirl
3.0 out of 5 stars Better than Welk
I admit I bought this because it was on multiple 'Best of the Year' lists and I wanted some new music in my mix. I had never heard of Sutton or her band before. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Bennett
5.0 out of 5 stars A Totally unexpected find!
As someone who isn't fond of jazz, a classical musician, I found it an extraordinary work of a group of artist. Tierney's phrasing, and control are simply amazing. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Small bear
4.0 out of 5 stars Tierney Sutton
Not quite what I expected in this album, but she still is a great singer and I could not pass this CD up.
Published 14 months ago by W. Forman
2.0 out of 5 stars Predictable and a real Letdown
I have been a big fan of Tieney since the late 90's. I quit buying her cds after the first 3 or 4. I do a jazz program in my town and I love to play stuff off of her 1st 3 cds. Read more
Published 16 months ago by jimmy lyons
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful combination of musical talent and intelligence
I love this album. I like listening to "old standards" and "the Great American Songbook" tunes. But they must be sung and/or played respectfully and with originality. Read more
Published 16 months ago by The OC
4.0 out of 5 stars Tierney Sutton American Road CD
I heard her on a jazzz radio station, liked what I heard and had to have something by her. I enjoyed this CD and will be buying other tunes by Tierney.
Published 17 months ago by Shirley Bouie
5.0 out of 5 stars The Tierney Sutton Band | Format: Audio CD
Purchased American Road Tierney Sutton, The Tierney Sutton Band | Format: Audio CD as a gift. Arrived by promised date. Music was played and enjoyed by all.
Published 19 months ago by Punter
5.0 out of 5 stars One of my favorite albums
I'm not typically the kind of person who listens to much jazz - I listen to a lot of classical, especially music post-Stravinsky. Read more
Published on July 12, 2012 by Dylhunn
5.0 out of 5 stars INSIGHTFUL
Tierney Sutton is truly a " ONE AND ONLY". I've listened to many jazz singers over the years and Tierney is head and shoulders above the rest. Read more
Published on April 5, 2012 by TOAO_ASG
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