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  • Audio CD (16 Sept. 2014)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: BFM Jazz
  • ASIN: B005D1IFY4
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,512 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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For their ninth album, the Grammy-nominated vocalist and her band of 18 years leave preconceptions in the dust, taking instantly familiar, American-born compositions, deconstructing them and presenting them anew in their own inimitable way. "We first started looking at an America-themed CD three or four years ago," says Sutton, whose vocal style has been described as "soft as silk and smooth as fine bourbon" by the Chicago Sun Times. Circumstances led the group in a different direction at the time, the result being 2009's 'Desire', which earned the group its third consecutive Grammy nomination for Best Vocal Jazz Album. But the concept that ultimately gave rise to 'American Road' stayed with Sutton and the band until, having spent countless days and nights travelling America's roads and playing in her towns and cities, they were able to finally bring it to fruition. All of the arrangements were conceived by the entire band, which, said The New York Times, has "refined the kind of rapport that could only be achieved over time...providing a continuous flow of support, strength and inspiration." Personnel: Tierney Sutton (vocals), Christian Jacob (piano), Trey Henry, Kevin Axt (bass), Ray Brinker (drums) --This text refers to an alternate Audio CD edition.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Adrià Guinart on 28 Mar. 2012
Format: Audio CD
Tierney Sutton is an amazing jazz vocalist, her last release, called American Road, which collect some re-visitations of the american standards, is nearly a perfect recording. This collaboration between the vocalist and her ensemble has been granted, once more, with two Grammy nominations. In the last recording, you can listen to songs like Wayfaring Stranger, On Broadway, Summertime... everything with one of the best jazz vocalist. If you listen to this record, however, don't expect to find amazing vocals, or complicated arrangements. The music made by this ensemble is classy, and elegant, to an extend that cut's the breath and transport you to the bone of the jazz music itself, no needing of additions or arabesque, or baroque vocals singing, or the music just as a landscape for the virtuosity of the lead vocalist. What is important here is the music by itself. And the journey though some of the american classic standards unveils what jazz music should be.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 14 Sept. 2011
Format: Audio CD
Five ENJOYABLE Stars! Outstanding performances by the triple Grammy-nominated Tierney Sutton Band who give us fresh, personal, jazzy renditions of some American music classics that cut a sonic swath through history, folk, faith, Broadway, jazz, and the Great American Songbook. Proving once again that she can sing any song into beautiful submission and bend it to her jazzy will, jazz singer Tierney Sutton is marvelous throughout singing and scatting, while getting the usual superb solos and support from the rest of this long-running band that she is so well integrated into: pianist Christian Jacob, bassists Trey Henry and Kevin Axt, and drummer Ray Brinker. A haunting "Wayfaring Stranger" is delivered over a driving Brinker beat with Tierney soaring above with fresh nuances. The combination of "Shenandoah/The Water is Wide" works beautifully as Tierney weaves these two classics into one mesmerizing tale. While the George Benson version of "On Broadway" is still the best, Tierney and the band convincingly rock hard on this classic, with a great Jacob solo and nice arrangement subtleties. The band takes three great bites out of the Gershwin "Porgy and Bess" apple: "My Man's Gone Now" with a tricky extra beat on the intro and closing, a plaintively lovely and off-kilter "Summertime", and perhaps, best of all, a sensational version of "It Ain't Necessarily So" that got replayed 3 times on my first pass thru and immediately was added to my crowded iPod. Bernstein/Sondheim's "West Side Story" is tapped for "Somewhere" and "Something's Coming/Cool": both very attractive, hip versions. The duo of Tierney and Christian take a dreamy "America the Beautiful" into 'goose bump' territory.Read more ›
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A Sublime Search for America 1 Oct. 2011
By Rick Cornell - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have waxed rhapsodically about the Tierney Sutton Band before. How can you not? This group of true musicians (Tierney Sutton, vocals; Christian Jacob, piano; Ray Brinker, percussion; Trey Henry, bass; and Kevin Axt, (also) bass) consistently challenge themselves to take the familiar, find the essence of the song, and interpret it in a way that has not been heard before. And they consistently succeed. When a new album of theirs hits the market, you not only know it's going to be stunning, you ask "How can they top the last one?"

I won't say they have topped "Desire," or "On the Other Side." I will say that they have added a very worthy complement to those superb albums, with another superb one.

In this c.d., the T.S. Band's theme is America. They have gone off to look for America. But they have done considerably more than take a four-day hitchhike from Saginaw.

Finding America means finding its roots. And that means finding its folk source (e.g., "Wayfaring Strangers" and "Shenandoah"), but also its spirituality (e.g., "The Water is Wide" and "Amazing Grace," that most spiritual of all hymns). And to emphasize the source, it means hearing the similarities between "The Water Is Wide" and "Shenandoah," and combining them into one.

Finding America means exploring the golden ages of American music, meaning the '30's and the '60's. So, the T.S. Band gives us a swingin' jazz version of the neglected Arlen classic, "The Eagle and Me." Even more, the Band gives us a set of Gershwin, but puts a rock back beat to "It Ain't Necessarily So." But the '60's was also a golden era of jazz (along with the late '50's), and for all the many ways "Summertime" has been interpreted, this is the first modal jazz re-visit of the classic I've ever heard.

Finding America means celebrating Broadway. The T.S. Band tributes Bernstein (though, ironically, not with "I Like to Be in America"), with a beautiful read of one of the master's most beautiful songs, "Somewhere," and a mix of "Something's Coming" and "Cool." And, to bring the strands together, the Band re-creates the Brill Building's "On Broadway," with a rock backbeat and odd four-chord crash that echoes and expands the George Benson reinterpretation of this classic.

And finding America means contemplation of the vast country. So we have the country classic, "Tenderly," done exquisitely. This is my favorite cut on the c.d. It doesn't make me forget Sarah Vaughan or Nat King Cole's versions, but it certainly reminds me of them.

And as the perfect ending to this stunning album, the Band gives us a Tierney Sutton-Christian Jacob duet of the most beautiful of all patriotic hymns, "America The Beautiful." This is a wowser. Listen to it once; then on the next play, sing along with it. If you are in tears, as I was, then you just might be an American.

I have no doubt that this will be nominated for a Grammy. "Desire" should have won. It's the Tierney Sutton Band's time. RC
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Best Jazz Album of 2011 10 Nov. 2011
By International Ron - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
The Tierney Sutton Band CD "American Road" is brilliant in every way, and is easily one of the finest jazz albums of 2011! Once again, everyone in the band contributes their own musical genius, and having worked together for over 18 years, they are so amazingly intertwined and natural that it stagers the mind, imagination and ears. "American Road" (like several releases by the band) plays on a theme - this time a tribute to the music of Americana that is just that - avoiding any political correctness or bashing - 'allowing the listener to be a proud American once again, even if just for the music. The rendition of "America the Beautiful" is stunning, as are most every other cut on the CD. "Tenderly" is wonderfully earthy and minimalist with just Tierney singing accompanied by the brilliant Christian Jacob on piano. The mash-up of "Oh Shenandoah/The Water is Wide" is nothing short of musical magic with Jacob's masterful arranging and counterpoint. Tierney's scat and beautiful articulation are so skillful - few seem to master both. This album is as well thought-out as it is performed. You won't be disappointed!
9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
One of the Band's Best in a Long Series of Outstanding Recordings 7 Sept. 2011
By Tom Croft - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
I have every single album Tierney has released under her (or the band's) name, and this new project, American Road, is one longtime Tierney Sutton fans and newcomers alike will not want to miss. As for mood, it reminds me most of the previous album, Desire, which was a thrill for me because I like Desire perhaps the most of all of their albums except possibly Blue in Green, the marvelous tribute to Bill Evans. With respect to Desire, though, this album is not just "more of the same."

On American Road, the band has maintained the exceedingly high level of Desire and other previous releases with excellent song choices (all with an Americana theme or some other connection, direct or indirect, to America); fresh, intriguing, sometimes haunting arrangements; beautiful, hip singing by Tierney; and outstanding support from the band (Christian Jacob is, hands down, one of the best jazz pianists on the scene today).

Highly recommended.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Predictable and a real Letdown 26 Mar. 2013
By jimmy lyons - Published on
Format: Audio CD
I have been a big fan of Tieney since the late 90's. I quit buying her cds after the first 3 or 4. I do a jazz program in my town and I love to play stuff off of her 1st 3 cds. Look at the tunes on this cd. She used to do nice semi-obscure stuff. Now she is becoming a commercial songstress. Enough of the scat singing. Go back to the art of albums of her's like "Blue in Green". I saw her in Sarasota about 6 years ago and I gave up on her. Most of the concert was scat singing, was self indulgent and with poor arrangements. Stick to buying the early stuff. American Road is boring.
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Tierney & Christian & Kevin & Trey & Ray 28 Dec. 2011
By Dr. Debra Jan Bibel - Published on
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
Tierney Sutton and her band are synergistic and her albums are band albums. As one of her previous titles observed: "I'm with the Band." These slower, thoughtful tracks, all familiar standards from spirituals to Broadway, owe much to the rich, expressive piano work of Christian Jacob, especially, and the understated drum accents of Ray Brinker and the bass lines of Kevin Axg and Trey Henry. The entire band arranges the music, and how extraordinarily interesting their statements are! The lyrics stand up bold this way, and though we have heard them thousands of times, we listen attentively. Tierney's pure voice is heard in stark, wonderful detail. Already a 2011 Grammy nominee (thus far), it is one of the band's best albums. Rhythm, clarity, and passion underlie their effort. The album clocks 61 minutes, unusual for a jazz work, and I am amazed how fast it went. Kudos to all on these grand recordings.
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