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Introducing Tierney Sutton by Tierney Sutton

In her impressive debut, young Tierney strikes gold. Her lyrical grace and musicality are arresting. A singing (and swinging) performance such as Tierney’s is more rewarding than many so-called "dedicated" jazz albums. Although this is her first CD, it will certainly not be her last. For she is not only an exceptional new jazz-oriented singer, she is "accessible," by which I mean she is appreciated by a wide spectrum of listeners. You don’t need a degree in music to understand her singing; all you need is ears. Tierney has a bel canto richness and control. Perhaps best of all (and unlike some jazz singers) she is a respecter of songs and the lyrics of songs. She can turn you on with a turn of phrase and grab you with a nuance that you didn’t quite expect. Her wide appeal is based on warmth and an ability to inhabit and convey a song’s inner meanings and emotions. And she makes each performance her own; just ask anyone who has seen her as she appears at various spots around Los Angeles. Tierney’s sublime tapestries continue to enchant a growing cadre of connoisseurs of good singing who frequent Monteleone’s in the Valley, the Loew’s Hotel in Santa Monica or Lunaria’s over near Century City. These are just a few of the Los Angeles venues that have the good sense to book Tierney. The good songs, some familiar, some more arcane, are all here. There may be more than one singer who can bring together the songs of Jerome Kern, Frank Loesser, Wayne Shorter and Chick Corea, but none is likely to do them with the seamlessly logical panache that Tierney brings to them on this CD. Like the very best of singers she interprets every lyric as if she had written it herself. For example her version of the standard "It Never Entered My Mind" is magical. When Tierney sings those poetic Larry Hart lyrics, such as "now I even have to scratch my back myself" or "uneasy in my easy chair," you believe that she has been there. She navigates ever-dangerous back-to-back ballads with an affecting version of Curtis Lewis’ "Old Country" followed by perhaps the definitive version of "You’re Nearer," another Rodgers & Hart gem. (Tierney and Rodgers & Hart make for perfect chemistry.) But maybe your choice is an upbeat version of Jerome Kern’s old chestnut "The Song Is You" (with on-a-dime time) or a driving version of the old Ellington warhorse, "Caravan." I could rave on and on, but the best bet is for you to pick up the CD, read the Bill Anschell and Tupp Turner’s liner notes, pick a favorite song, insert disc into your CD player and be prepared for joy. Before I close, though, let’s give credit where credit is due. An intelligent vocal artist requires a support group to match. Tierney has it in the fine pianists Christian Jacob and Michael Lang, the sensitive drummer Ray Brinker and the fluent bassist Trey Henry. And last, but most certainly not least, that’s Buddy Childers and his lovely flugelhorn on "Old Country." But this is Tierney Sutton’s recording and her attractive sound, her impeccable intonation and her well-balanced material make for an exceptional CD.So, all you good friends of songs and singers, sit back, pour yourself your favorite libation and LISTEN, as I have done many times, to the sound, the music, and the musical awareness of this young lady, Tierney Sutton.Highly recommended.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Tierney Sutton
  • CD Title: Introducing Tierney Sutton
  • Genre: Straight-Ahead / Classic
  • Year Released: 1996
  • Record Label: Unknown
  • Rating: Four Stars
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