Think you know every aspect of Tierney Sutton’s artistic persona? Think again. Hearing the Paris Sessions is to hear Sutton anew. Sure, it’s that same one-of-a-kind voice, but there’s no Tierney Sutton Band here, incredibly novel arrangements aren’t a priority on this one, and there’s no grand umbrella theme to contend with. This is simply a captivating listen-by-candlelight album that strikes to the heart of Tierney Sutton.
Paris Sessions is easily the most informal item in Sutton’s discography, but the idea of informality shouldn’t carry a negative connotation; quite the opposite, in fact. This is a work of unfiltered beauty, successfully pairing vocal temptress with guitar and bass guitar. Two of the numbers recorded at this two day session—”Don’t Go To Strangers” and “Answer Me, My Love”—appeared on Sutton’s After Blue (BFM Jazz, 2013); the other ten—more standards, some bossa nova detours, and three originals written by Sutton’s chief collaborator on this project, guitarist Serge Merlaud are heard for the first time.
Track Listing: You Must Believe In Spring; llm; Don’t Go To Strangers; Beija-Flor; You’re Nearer; Estate; All Too Soon; Asma; Body And Soul; Izzat; Don’t Worry ‘Bout Me; Answer Me, My Love.
Personnel: Tierney Sutton: vocals; Serge Merlaud: acoustic guitar, electric guitar; Kevin Axt: acoustic bass guitar.