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Jazz vocals seem to be all the rage these days, with the charge being led, unfortunately, by "sub-standard" performers/singers like Diana Krall. However, there is another group of singers and performers (Tierney Sutton, Christine Tobin, Paula West, Patricia Barber) that brings us is closer to the music.
Ms. Sutton, I agree, has a well-trained voice. For god's sake, she should; she's head of the jazz vocal dept. at USC. And why that should be a strike against her is beyond me. She has a wonderful voice, can set virtually any mood from sultry to sweet, and has surrounded herself with outstanding musicians.
I must admit to being more fond of her CD "Unsung Heroes" than this one, but the way she catwalks through "Route 66," the way she croons on "Crazy," and the way she stomps and jives in her rendition of "Ding Dong, The Witch Is Dead" is simply wonderful.
Just as there are different interpretations of classical music and debates about who is or who isn't the best pianist, violinist, conductor...so there are debates about jazz and vocalists. Great! There are enough for all tastes. Here's my "key" to the ones I mentioned: if you like a good crisp dry white wine, then Tierney is your woman. If you go for a scotch and a smoke, then it's Christine Tobin. If it's a dingy night club in San Francisco, try Paula West. And if your tastes are rougher, then Patricia Barber should do the trick.
In any case, happy listening. This is a great CD!
Best songs, most immediately appealing and enchanting are ballads and andante pieces. Ones with true emotion. "Something Cool" on the other hand, when she wants to, shows her ability to hold an audience in the palm of her hand. "Comes Love", "Refections", "Alone Together" "Out of this World" are luminous!
The French for singing, "chant", has the same root as "enchanting". Entertaining music should be enchanting, cast a spell. Tierney & group, on some of these tracks, shows off technique and imaginative arrangement. "Ding dong the Witch" (scat) is irritating, but it wouldn't be memorable if it were sung straight! So some wonderful songs, some that take getting used to. Her great technique is captured on this album. Back-up band is spot-on perfect, especially Trey Henry on bass.
I found after I listen to this album, more, I guess I get used to some of the things, which initially seemed jarring, so it really grows on you. Her rendition of "Route 66" shows wonderful control of pitch and volume and is one of my favorites. What Tierney and gang are trying to do, as a Jazz group, not Pop, is to find innovative ways of presenting songs we are quite familiar with, to catch our attention.Read more ›
So why only 4 stars? This is a purely subjective quirk of mine. I loved Sutton's previous two discs (Blue In Green and Unsung Heroes) because they risked being "dark" and often indeed displayed a haunting quality. Something Cool is brighter, more extroverted; many will prefer it. I like it too, but there are few if any musicians who so easily inhabit that place where darkness meets lyricism, and it's the thing I cherish the most about this superb singer.
Finally, this is a BAND, and it shows. Christian Jacob is just fantastic here (pinao), and there's a cohesion and some indefinable spirit of FAMILY about this recording. Listen to the great arrangement of I've Grown Accustomed To His Face and see what I mean. It sounds effortless because the deeper efforts have long since been made; these players know and love one another and now they can relax and swing and make beauty.
I predict that many years from now, students of jazz singing and simple lovers of great music will look back and wish they had lived in The Era of Tierney Sutton. She's that good, and that precious.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
She has a wonderful voice and is quite a musician. This is worth hearing.Published 15 months ago by susan m
Sultry singing and great back up band. very good recording although a bit on the warm side for sound.Published 19 months ago by Ray
This is my second SACD of Tierney. Love her voice and choice of music plus the fact that the recordings are very well done. Great music and great sonics.Published 21 months ago by W. Farr
My husband and I saw Tierney sing in a Tucson concert years ago, and bought this album from her. Someone stole it out of our car. We loved it so much that we have now replaced it. Read morePublished 21 months ago by V. M. Badertscher
Ms Sutton has opened an amazing new world of jazz music for me and I will always seek out similar artist who might try to reach Ms Suttons level but I doubt it will happen soon. Read morePublished on January 18, 2013 by okieted