Jazz-2K: CD Picks of the Week

January 10th, 2012, 2:32 pm by Greg

Reviews by J Hunter

In the spirit of the New Hampshire primary, Jazz-2K shows solidarity with the business community by starting the year their way – with a closeout sale of cool stuff from 2011!

The Tierney Sutton Band: American Road

“American Road”
(BFM Jazz)
This one made a lot of Top 10 lists, and it’s easy to see why: Tierney Sutton doesn’t do “shouty”; she’s all about finding nuance within the nuance of her material. As such, she doesn’t need any foil sharper than the bottomless expression of Christian Jacob’s piano as she takes us on an evocative tour of the Great American Songbook. Sutton’s haunting take on Leonard Bernstein’s “Somewhere” hints at the reality Tony and Maria chose not to face, while “My Man’s Gone Now” puts Bess’ rage on the same level as her loss. The driving background of “On Broadway” minimizes the poverty of the guitar-playing protagonist in favor the excitement and possibilities of New York City, while the schizophrenic arrangement of “It Ain’t Necessarily So” shows how fast life can change gears on you – both up and down. Another triumph from one of the genre’s best interpreters – and the band that makes her music a cut above.

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