Jazz singer Tierney Sutton uses her voice like certain painters use color. Ever inspired by the emotional possibilities of musical tints and hues, she never lets the narrative of a song impede her imagination or daring.
At The Egg last Friday, Sutton cut a bright path through the American songbook with longtime band mates Christian Jacob on piano, Kevin Axt on bass and Ray Brinker on drums. “We’ve been together for more than 17 years,” she announced at the beginning of the show, like a woman proud of a long marriage. The musicians collaborate closely with the singer on all arrangements, and play with such intimacy they do almost seem to be finishing each others’ phrasing.