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Tierney Sutton: Dancing in the Dark

- CD Review

CD Review

March 29, 2005

Tierney Sutton
(See Tierney Sutton’s CD Performance at The Oak Room)

Dancing in the Dark

Tierney Sutton on Vocals, Christian Jacob on Piano, Trey Henry on Bass, Ray Brinker on Drums,
and Orchestra (Violins, Violas, Celli, Horn, Flute, Contractor) Conducted by Christian Jacob

Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
April 1, 2005

This CD is the smoothness of Sinatra’s torch songs, taken over the edge by Tierney Sutton’s velvety vocalizations with intense sophistication, subtlety, and style. Interesting orchestral enhancements and band accompaniment add to the mesmerizing music with the slightest of new age qualities.

Notable tracks:

#2 – Only the Lonely – Composed by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. One of my longtime favorite Sinatra songs is handled in exemplary fashion by Tierney Sutton, who seems to have lived the lyrics and danced the music. Christian Jacob is solo accompanist on poignant piano.

#4 – All the Way – Composed by Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. With a prominent piano backup, Tierney Sutton leaves the listener breathless with anticipation for each lyric of longing and loneliness. She holds the “all’s” to endless vocal elongation.

#11 – Fly Me to the Moon – Composed by Bart Howard. Trey Henry on bass leads this song, in a similar structure of other tracks. Ray Brinker on drums adds pulsating rhythm, and there are long instrumental riffs between Tierney’s scintillating scats.

#12 – Last Dance/Dancing in the Dark – Composed by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz/Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen. The orchestra of strings and brass leads and embellishes this fusion of two ballads. This is truly a track for dancing and dreaming.

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