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Unsung Heroes
Tierney Sutton, Jacob, Henry
Unsung Heroes
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Tierney Sutton is a genuine jazz singer, a clear-voiced soprano with sure pitch and diction who concentrates on musical substance. Her approach can suggest Sheila Jordan or Norma Winstone, and she's equally effective at qu...  more »


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All Artists: Tierney Sutton, Jacob, Henry, Wild, Brinker
Title: Unsung Heroes
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Total Copies: 0
Label: Telarc
Original Release Date: 3/28/2000
Release Date: 3/28/2000
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 089408347726

Tierney Sutton is a genuine jazz singer, a clear-voiced soprano with sure pitch and diction who concentrates on musical substance. Her approach can suggest Sheila Jordan or Norma Winstone, and she's equally effective at quick bop, medium-swing tempos, and moody ballads. The "unsung heroes" she invokes are the great instrumentalists who have inspired her and whose compositions are seldom sung, like Joe Henderson ("Remember Me" is his "Recordame"), Clifford Brown, Dizzy Gillespie, and Wayne Shorter. Her phrasing is often trumpet-like on the improvised solos, and she gets terrific support from a trio led by pianist Christian Jacob and guest soloists who include Stan Kenton veteran Buddy Childers on flügelhorn. There's an almost unearthly purity of vocals in her subtle version of "Spring Is Here," but the absolute highlight is the Jimmy Rowles tune "A Timeless Place (The Peacocks)," with lyrics by Winstone. It's a demanding line with difficult harmony that Sutton weaves perfectly with Jacob and Gary Foster on alto flute. --Stuart Broomer

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A sensational second recording!
Brad Wood | Canoga Park, CA United States | 05/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I stumbled on Tierney Sutton by "accident" a few years ago when I discovered that a pianist I'd played with was appearing with her at a Tarzana supper club. I was deeply impressed and immediately won over. An excellent first CD that captured her exquisite sound, impeccable intonation and excellent taste has now been followed by a long-awaited second album. It features unusual and challenging material that rewards both the head and the heart. And it swings like crazy. The up tunes are in the technical tour-de-force category---"kids, don't try this at home" stuff. They serve to frame the ballads, of which none are less than stunning. The eerie, passing-tone-laden line of "Timeless Place (Peacocks)" is utterly compelling, and Sutton's delivery and accuracy of pitch could hardly be bettered---a vocal levitation act, gravity-defying.The band supports Tierney throughout with great energy and sensitivity, all of the solos being fine examples of inspiration and serious chops. Sutton showed her merciful side (I recently learned) by doing Indiana/Donna Lee in concert E flat, a half-step higher than her preference, so altoist Gary Foster could play in a more convivial key. Tierney Sutton teaches jazz vocals at USC. Her fortunate students know that "some who teach, also do". And do very well, one could add.If you have even a passing interest in female jazz vocals, and especially if you are perhaps a bit fatigued by the pitch problems of many of our current artists, you must hear this collection!"
Awesome Instrument
David Clark | Lafayette, CO | 03/31/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"The voice as instrument takes on new meaning with Sutton. The mastery this woman has over her voice is obvious--hearing her on this album makes you think you've been listening to everyone else in monaural low-fidelity; you just won't believe how clear and accurate she sounds. And no, it's not because of superior recording, although this is a Telarc Jazz production. Unlike many albums of songs that cover "classic" instrumental tunes (a couple of Mingus collections come to mind), these classic instrumental tunes seem right--in fact, re-born--with words and vocalizing in Sutton's treatments. If you like female jazz vocalists, you'll love Sutton."
Challenging vocals, well done.
Powell E. Barber | Tallahassee, FL USA | 09/29/2000
(4 out of 5 stars)

"A most enjoyable offering. I very much appreciate the effort that Sutton invests. Consider the challenges presented in the speed of Bernie's Tune or the unusual intervals of A Timeless Place. I found the band quite capable of framing Sutton's vocals without getting in her way or the listener's face."