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The Tierney Sutton Band's most focused statement yet, On The Other Side is a bold recording full of mystery, darkness and a tentative reemergence from the shadows. The thirteen-track set begins and ends with the same two classic songs, 'Get Happy' and 'Happy Days Are Here Again.' Recorded on the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Their sixth Telarc release also features the outstanding work of trumpeter/vocalist Jack Sheldon on two tracks.
On the Other Side is an album of happy songs--"Get Happy," "Make Someone Happy," "Happy Talk," etc.--but isn't always so chipper in contemplating life and love. Indeed, it's difficult to imagine Tierney Sutton, one of whose calling cards as a jazz singer is her intensity, letting herself go--consider her inclusion of "Haunted Heart" at the middle of the album as a reflection of that. But in the cozy embrace of her working band, including the fine pianist Christian Jacob and two bassists, Sutton excels at exploring different shades of feeling, boosted by a guest turn by the ebullient veteran trumpeter and singer Jack Sheldon. Her somber dark tones, which bring her contemporary Patricia Barber to mind, are offset by a llilting catch in her voice that may remind you of Diana Ross. Ultimately, you wish her delivery was less cooly detached, but she has a winning ability to make the familiar new, as heard on two creative pairings of "Get Happy" and "Happy Days Are Here Again." --Lloyd Sachs
Sutton's tonality is a;ways amazing.....as is her phrasing and interpretation. When it comes to time signatures one never knows what to expect.....and that's a good thing. Read morePublished on April 2, 2013 by Michael J. Repas
About three years ago, I bought Tierney's albums: "Dancing in the Dark" and "Something Cool." They're wonderful. Read morePublished on November 1, 2011 by Roley Altizer
Tierney and her musicians are the real thing. Their music is authentic and inspiring and leaves you craving more every time. It is pure. It is honest. It is joyful. Read morePublished on September 2, 2011 by Georgia "Peach"
Overall musically, the worst CD I have purchased in over a year. Torturous, "cutesy" arrangements such as these sound like late-Torme or moast-affected Streisand. Read morePublished on March 6, 2011 by William L. Lundy
I own over 200 SACD's, 50 DVD-A's, 2000 CD's and 300 Lp's and I never wrote a review, but when I saw this title incorporated in an e-mail from Amazon requesting "reviews" I felt... Read morePublished on May 9, 2010 by David A. Celani
"Happiness is a funny business. When we started to look at this material, at the idea of happiness, and its subtext, we all realized that there was something deep here - and a lot... Read morePublished on October 9, 2008 by Rebecca*rhapsodyinblue*
She has a great voice and the versions of the songs are certainly unique. I give a thumbs up for the C D!Published on May 27, 2008 by M. H. Trammell
Her trio is great, she sounds good- but her other recordings are more enjoyable to me. This album is made up of songs with the word happy in them but most are done contrary to... Read morePublished on February 22, 2008 by Cheble
Just saw her group at Birdland in NYC and every bit comes thru on the sacd.Published on November 9, 2007 by Gerald L.