On the Other Side

On the Other Side

by The Tierney Sutton Band


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Few jazz vocalists set out to deconstruct a standard as thoroughly as Tierney Sutton does. Her past albums have hovered around a theme but none as devotedly as On the Other Side, which takes the simple concept of happiness and turns it on its ear. Sutton could have approached classics like "Happy Talk," "Make Someone Happy," "Happy Days Are Here Again," and "Get Happy" as most singers would, finding their sweet spots and putting on a big smile as she sang them with ebullience. But these are some of the saddest renditions of happy tunes you'll ever hear, and Sutton's reinventions are such a success because she is so believably bummed. Often turning to minor keys to shift the mood downward, she takes the giddy and makes it melancholy. Rodgers & Hart's "Glad to Be Unhappy," despite its title, is quite often sung as if that's a welcomed state; when Sutton delivers a line such as "It's a pleasure to be sad," she makes certain that she's not appearing ironic. In Jimmie Davis' "You Are My Sunshine," the listener is right to ask whether the singer really means "You'll never know how much I love you," because the loneliness in her voice is so palpable. As always, Sutton's band is entirely sympathetic, their unfussy arrangements providing Sutton with the tonal foundation her unorthodox interpretations require. Her use of two bassists on some tracks doesn't weigh the music down but instead reinforces the darkness Sutton so convincingly conveys. And pianist Christian Jacob, especially, is a major presence -- Sutton's sole accompanist on the album-closing "Smile" (the Charlie Chaplin fave) is bluesy and mournful, the perfect complement to Sutton's unsmiling take. What's most interesting about On the Other Side, though, is that ultimately it doesn't feel like a downer. Sutton's voice is such a flexible, captivating instrument that it's a joy to follow, even as she's doing everything in her power to spread a frown. This CD was nominated for a Grammy award in 2007 for Best Jazz Vocal Album.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/06/2007
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408365027
catalogNumber: 83650

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tierney Sutton Band   Primary Artist
Kevin Axt   Bass,Group Member
Ray Brinker   Drums,Group Member
Trey Henry   Bass,Group Member
Jack Sheldon   Trumpet,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Christian Jacob   Piano,Group Member
Tierney Sutton   Vocals

Technical Credits

Jimmie Davis   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Kevin Axt   Arranger
Ray Brinker   Arranger
Irving Caesar   Composer
Charlie Chaplin   Composer
Betty Comden   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
Adolph Green   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Trey Henry   Arranger
Christian Jacob   Arranger
Elaine Martone   Producer,Audio Production
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Jule Styne   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Robert Friedrich   Engineer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Pamela Springsteen   Cover Photo,Inlay Photography
Tierney Sutton   Arranger,Liner Notes
Ted Koehler   Composer
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Clifford Grey   Composer
Tierney Sutton Band   Arranger
Geoffrey Parsons   Composer

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