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Dancing In The Dark [CD]

Tierney Sutton Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (18 Dec 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Telarc Jazz & Blues
  • ASIN: B00014X8E0
  • Other Editions: Audio CD
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 176,326 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. What'll I Do
2. Only The Lonely
3. I'll Be Around
4. All The Way
5. I Think Of You
6. Where Or When
7. Without A Song
8. I Could Have Told You
9. Emily
10. Last Night When We Were Young
11. Fly Me To The Moon
12. Last Dance / Dancing In The Dark

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In Dancing in the Dark Tierney Sutton salutes Frank Sinatra. Earlier, she paid tribute to Bill Evans with Blue in Green. The results in the Sinatra album are mellower than Sutton fans might expect--it's less Sinatra the hipster and more the Sinatra of such concept albums as In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning and Only the Lonely--and the tempos never rise above an easy swing. Although there's an orchestra, it's not really a "with strings" album: fewer than half the selections have strings, and those strings have been very subtly arranged (and conducted) by pianist Christian Jacobs. Sutton's usual trio--Jacobs, bassist Trey Henry and drummer Ray Brinker--provides the primary accompaniment, and in Alec Wilder's "I'll Be Around" Jacobs shares a dazzlingly beautiful line with Sutton's wordless vocalese. And because "Fly Me to the Moon" has always been taken in either 3 or 4, Sutton acknowledges both by singing it in 7. Those are merely two memorable moments in an album that's full of them. --David Horiuchi

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3.0 out of 5 stars Nearer to lullabies than jazz? 20 Nov 2012
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I'm not an "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" redneck. Of course ballads can qualify as jazz! But that's a maybe, especially when an overdose is sedative.
This CD was inspired by Sinatra? How? Was he mainly a balladeer? Some people believe he was a jazz singer!
Sutton certainly is, when she wants to be, but that's not obvious on this soporific album where orchestral support was dubbed later to 5 of the 10 ballads including a dead slow All The Way.
She excused her selection (but not her style) with:
`These songs are about my personal relationship with Sinatra - they're the ones which tell the story of our love affair.' Er .... she means her delayed admiration of him! `It's the dark corners of his work that I find endlessly compelling.' She adds: `My (sic) Frank's ..... singing represents what great mystical art aspires to: both the light of reunion and the fire of separation.'
Be that as it may, I had a long wait before perking up at Fly Me To The Moon, medium-paced (!!) and nicely presented with brief solos by pianist Christian Jacob and bassist Trey Henry who for the first album is never overamp'd.
Sutton sings beautifully (but sometimes a tad mournfully) and hits no high notes. (Has her range dropped?) While giving good support again Jacob is less divine, sometimes almost mundane, his harmony more predictable. (Maybe his inspiration drooped because Telarc rejected his brilliant Styne And Mine recordings.)
The title track is another plod. Sutton still sings beautifully but in the dark she's ... dancing? Sleepwalking is closer.
For her fans it's still worth having, but one to dip into rather than play through.
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5.0 out of 5 stars It�s Brilliant! The Best Vocalist in Years 18 Feb 2005
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Wow! I can't believe I get to put the first review for this CD! I have all the CDs from this band. Tierney has such a beautiful tone and her pitch is perfect. I think my favorite track is "Without a Song", it really blows me away. The pianist Christian Jacob has a great touch and after hearing him with Tierney I immediately bought the 2 Cds he did for Concord and the one he released on WilderJazz. This band has been together for years and you can hear that bond in every tune. This CD and a previous one "Blue In Green"are my two favorites. I give it 5 stars!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars All time favourite 2 Jan 2010
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I have been looking for this tune for years and I have finally found it. thanks to Amazon
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I normally listen to SACDs instead of normal audio CDs which generally generate much much better recording and music playback quality. Unfortunately the CD I received was in normal audio CD format which has inferior sound quality. Amazon advertised this CD as in SACD format but actually it is not. If you buy this CD please pay particular attention as to what you will get. I have requested Amazon for a replacement or a refund in case there is no more stock in SACD format.

As to the performance of the artist and the songs I am unable to comment at this stage until such time I have received my SACD.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Inspired Recording 20 Jun 2004
By Samuel Chell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
The subtitle of this album is obviously chosen with great care--it's not a "tribute to Frank Sinatra" but "inspired by the music of Frank Sinatra." I can understand the initial disappointment experienced by some listeners, but with repeated playings this album gets better and better. Not only does it become clear that Sutton's is a unique sound--dynamic, alive, warm and enveloping as opposed to the detached coolness and occasional hardness of a Krall or dispassionate indifference of a Julie London--but that this is as sincere and effective a Sinatra tribute as any that's heretofore appeared. The choice of repertory is inspired (not the signature songs of the later Chairman of the Board but the soul-stirring, deeply affecting "lieder" of the earlier concept albums on Capitol), and though the arrangements, harmonies, and rhythms are fresh and reinvented (we're mercifully spared another "impersonation" album), the phrasing and feeling are intimately, faithfully reflective of a performer who has made contact with what is most genuine and essential in the artistry of Old Blue himself. This is the best vocal album I've heard in the new milennium.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The right album for a specific mood 9 April 2005
By Mike - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
After seeing Ms. Sutton's CDs in my local stores, I became curious about her music. I have mixed feelings about the Diana Krall / Jane Moneheit school of vocal jazz, and thankfully, Tierney Sutton is more of a traditionalist. On each of the tracks, her trio is nicely offset by subtle orchestra shadings. The focus is always on the song, searching for nuance, holding a note, letting it fade. If you read reviews of her other CDs you'll see references to scat vocals...once again, a real matter of taste...and thankfully again, it's a style not used on "Dancing In The Dark." The CD was inspired by Frank Sinatra, but not the ring-a-ding-ding "Chairman Of The Board" Frank. This project is drawn from the moody concept albums, the "guy on the outside looking in" Sinatra, the lounge singer at closing time. It's difficult to point out the "best" tracks here, because one of the major strengths of the album is its consistency. There is no "filler," no missteps. The opening track "What'll I Do" let's you know what's in store, and "Fly Me To The Moon" is transcendant. I will say that the 30-second sound clips on Amazon don't do this one justice. If you're "sitting on the fence" regarding a purchase, your best bet is to find a local store that has it featured in their listening stations. If you hear a couple of songs in their entirety (and you're drawn to this type of music), you'll be bringing it home...guaranteed.
22 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Great Romantic Album 15 Feb 2004
By Rick Cornell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I am one of the biggest Tierney Sutton fans in the universe, and it pains me to give one of my heroes "only" four stars. But I have to keep credibility: I gave Jimmy Scott's "All The Way" four stars because, in spite of its tremendous emotion, it was a "one mood" album. And, so is this one--and the same mood. (coincidentally, "All the Way" is on this album) The highlight for me is Christian Jacob's string orchestrations; this is the best album I can remember for having strings accompany a jazz combo, as opposed to overpower and dominate them. Listen to "What'll I Do" and see if you don't agree. I also am really impressed in this one with Trey Henry; for example, listen to his bass licks in "Fly Me to the Moon," and you'll again see what I mean. This album was obviously made with tender, loving care, and I'm cerain if Frank Sinatra were alive, he would enjoy it. He said that Peggy Lee was his favorite singer of all time; and Tierney Sutton and Peggy Lee are/were the coolest singers of their generations. (Tierney Sutton cooler than Diana Krall or Jane Monheit?? You betchya!!) Yet, I can't help but think that if a singer who comes at it with dramatic emotion, such as Jackie Ryan, Kendra Shank, or, well, Jimmy Scott, were to sing these very arrangements, they would be even that much more powerful. I say this with due regard to the fact that Ms. Sutton, ever the professional, has either pitched these songs down from her usual key or deepened the lower part of her register, thus attempting in part to compensate for her "coolness." Regardless, this album is worth purchasing. If this album doesn't put you in the mood for making love to your significant other, then you need viagra/estrogen!!
26 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tieney's Signature Album 7 Mar 2004
By Gordon F. Woods - Published on Amazon.com
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Gorgeous. Drop dead in your tracks gorgeous. For those of us who have been hanging on to her skirt hem for some time now, the release of a new Tierney Sutton album is the most eagerly awaited musical event of the year. And she has yet to disappoint. This is, of course, a theme album, as were Unsung Heroes and Blue in Green before it. Did Frank Sinatra do theme albums? Of course he did, any number of them. Listen to September of My Years, there isn't a swinging note on the entire album, and yet it works. So does Dancing in the Dark.
As another reviewer noted, this is not just about the girl singer. Call it the Tierney Sutton Band, or Tierney Sutton with the Christian Jacob Trio, whatever, this group of four musicians is one of the most innovative and exiting things to happen to jazz in a long, long time. You can't listen to Tierney sing without being aware of what is going on behind her. This album is emotionally deep and mood evoking, and yet sounds fresh and uplifting at the same time.
The New Yorker Magazine, in noting that Tierney was appearing at a club in the city, made mention of this album with the caveat that vocalists take on Frank Sinatra at some risk. All great vocalists take risks, and Tierney is a great vocalist. She sings much of this album in the lowest register of her voice. No pyrotechnics here, she is quite capable of them, but has no need of them on this album. In keeping with the mood, she does do Where or When and Fly Me To The Moon at a somewhat slower tempo than Frank did, in fact he could swing both numbers. No matter. Her voice washes over you, and if you are not moved, to either tears or smiles, than you need someone to chisel the stone off your heart. Dancing in the Dark is, for now, Tierney's signature album, but you get the feeling it will remain so only until the next album is released. She is deeply addictive, but this is one addiction that will never hurt you.
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most musical offerings in a long time 16 Dec 2004
By David B. Clark - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
Thank you, thank you, thank you Tierney Sutton. This is my first introduction to this artist and you can be sure I will be buying everything she has ever done. I bought this one because I love Sinatra. After listening to it I am so glad Sutton did not try to copy his style. These arrangements are nothing short of spectacular. There is so much emotion in this music. There is so much color in this music. The phrasing is among the best I've heard in a long while. The harmonies are interesting and add such lushness that you can't help but heave a contented sigh after each cut, and several times during each. Usually when I listen to a cd that includes no up tempo cuts I tend to long for one, but not here, I just want more.
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