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On The Other Side CD (2007)

Artist: Tierney Sutton

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As Americans, we grow up hearing that our founding fathers guaranteed us "the pursuit of happiness." For vocalist Tierney Sutton, the fascinating part is that the guarantee is not for happiness itself, but rather for the search. On The Other Side, her new album on Telarc, is about that search: the longing, the mania, the heartache and perhaps even the joy of finding something better than the thing we were chasing.

The Tierney Sutton Band's most focused statement yet, On The Other Side, is a bold recording - full of mystery, darkness and a tentative reemergence from the shadows. The thirteen-track set begins and ends with the same two classic songs, "Get Happy" and "Happy Days Are Here Again."

In between, Sutton and her band - pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker - also reinvent such timeless songs as "Glad To Be Unhappy," "Sometimes I'm Happy," "Happy Talk," "I Want to Be Happy," "Make Someone Happy" and "Great Day." Not for the narrow-minded listener, Sutton's hypnotic read of "You Are My Sunshine" adds an entirely different shade of meaning, as does her take on "Haunted Heart."

"Happiness is a funny business," Sutton says. "When we started to look at this material, at the idea of happiness, and its subtext, we all realized that there was something deep here - and a lot of questions. This album was built on those questions. Last November, I lost my mom. During 30 years of tremendous suffering, my mother often referred to herself as a happy woman. I'll say it again, happiness is a funny business."

Made with care, creativity and a wonderfully intimate aesthetic, On The Other Side, continues the collaborative arranging process the band has followed for more than a dozen years and brings it to a new level. JazzTimes has said "Part of Sutton's brilliance is her ability to blend seamlessly with her bandmates." Sutton responds, "You can only attempt a record like this if you've been playing together for a very long time." Her singing is at a new peak, and the playing of the band as a whole, with many of the songs using two basses, has evolved to a breathtaking level. This is sublime jazz, music that changes the listener.

Sutton and her band recorded On The Other Side, in late August 2006 at the legendary Capitol Studios in Los Angeles. Their sixth Telarc release also features the outstanding work of trumpeter/vocalist Jack Sheldon on two tracks. Produced by Elaine Martone and engineered by Robert Friedrich, the album is scheduled for release on February 6, 2007.


Label Fontana
SKU 203931441
UPC 089408365027
UPC 14 00089408365027
Format CD
Release Date 2/6/2007
Author Tierney Sutton
Piano Christian Jacob
Trumpet, Vocals Jack Sheldon
Bass Kevin Axt
Drums Ray Brinker
Vocals Tierney Sutton
Bass Trey Henry
Artist Bio
Tierney SuttonIn a world of overnight sensations, jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton?s success has come from the road less traveled. A decision in the mid ?90s to move to Southern California from her New England home resulted in a decade-long collaboration with her current band mates. A Wisconsin-born choir girl, unexposed to jazz until college, Tierney eventually found the best of the best ? collaborators with their own impressive jazz pedigrees, from Natalie Cole to Diana Krall, from Ray Charles to Randy Brecker ? pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker. Ten years and six critically acclaimed CDs later, Tierney and her band demonstrate what collective consultation and dedicated teamwork can achieve. Reviewers repeatedly say that audiences experience a rare and powerful harmony, achieved by humble performers at the top of their game. The road less traveled in an impatient world.A versatile studio singer as well as premiere entertainer, Tierney?s voice was recently featured on Lions Gate?s hit film The Cooler, starring William H. Macy and Alec Baldwin. She can also be heard in Paramount?s Twisted, starring Samuel L. Jackson, Andy Garcia and Ashley Judd. And in 2004, Tierney and her band scored the independent feature film Blue in Green, which was released by the Unica Project. Tierney?s unique voice is also regularly featured in commercials representing such organizations as BMW, Coca Cola, Dodge and J.C. Penney.Educated at the Berklee College of Music in Boston, Tierney became a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk Jazz Vocal Competition in 1998. Her first solo CD, Introducing Tierney Sutton (1999), was released to rave reviews and nominated for a 1999 Indie Award for Best Jazz Vocal Album.Later that year, Tierney signed with the Telarc Jazz label. On Unsung Heroes, released in March 2000, she took popular jazz standards that are usually performed instrumentally (Joe Henderson?s ?Recordame,? Clifford Brown?s ?Joy Spring,? Wayne Shorter?s ?Speak No Evil,? Dizzy Gillespie?s ?Con Alma? and others) and recorded them with vocals. Soon she became one of the critics? most talked about jazz musicians.
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Review On the Other Side is easily a masterpiece, taking happy songs and making them introspective, melancholy, ironic, and adult...There are works of art in this world of ours, on LPs and CDs, like Frank Sinatra's In the Wee Small Hours, Miles Davis' Sketches of Spain, and the Beatles' White Album. Tierney Sutton's On the Other Side joins that rarified group because it is eloquent, honest, and magnificently sung and played.
ReviewRating 10
Product Attributes
Artist Sutton,Tierney
Label Telarc International Corp.
Music Format Compact Disc
Boston Globe A honey voice...with a touch of Ella Fitzgerald...
The New York Times A serious jazz artist who takes the whole enterprise to another level...
The New Yorker Her delicate swing and sensitivity are bracing.

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