Vocalist Tierney Sutton has issued an unusual and very attractive CD in "Unsung Heroes". The theme is vocal arrangements of jazz standards previously heard only as instrumentals. Sutton says " Listen to instrumentalists, be an instrument, function as an instrument. The best singers sound like instrumentalists and the best instrumentalists sound like singers".
Tierney renders such favorites as "Early Autumn", "Con Alma", Benny Carter's "When Lights Are Low" and Wayne Shorter's "Speak No Evil" within her concept of reviving these standards in a new light. It all works out beautifully. The Berklee trained singer arranged many of the tunes herself and exhibits great talent in that area.
Ten songs of generous length are included providing a full hour of enjoyable listening. Ms. Sutton is a fan of Ella, Sarah, Al Jarreau and Bobby McFerrin but was influenced to a higher degree by Miles, Parker and Coltrane.
The CD should hit the shelves of your favorite music shop on the 1st of April. In my opinion, "Unsung Heroes" is a flawless collection of jazz standards performed by a fine young artist.