Dancing in the Dark

Dancing in the Dark

by Tierney SuttonTierney Sutton


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This isn't Sutton's tribute to Sinatra, although all the material here was recorded and made famous by him. Instead, it's her working through the nooks and crannies of his songbook, and bringing things out and putting her own particular polish on them. It could be something with strings, such as "What'll I Do?" or the intimacy of "I'll Be Around," which is as much a plea as a reassurance and resignation. Her version of "I Think of You," whose melody comes originally from Rachmaninov, is gloriously subtle, the emotion as softly drawn out as the syllables. "I Could Have Told You" offers comfort and a shoulder to cry on, a gentle embrace that's almost a whisper in Sutton's hands. The music here is at its best when the orchestra keeps away -- they simply become overkill, the too-sweet icing on an already-delicious cake. Perhaps her biggest test, though, comes at the end of the album, tackling "Fly Me to the Moon," followed by a medley of "Last Dance" and "Dancing in the Dark," taking on some of Sinatra's most famous pieces. While on the former Sutton doesn't always dig to the absolute heart of the song, the arrangement is stunning, with some outstanding piano from Christian Jacob that frees the songs from its '50s shackles. Sutton does sparkle on the other piece, however, especially "Dancing in the Dark," where the orchestral contributions are kept to a minimum, and the tracks swings in a minimalist fashion, Sutton's voice imbued with the magic of the night. The album might have been inspired by Sinatra, but in her own way, Sutton has gone beyond her inspiration.

Product Details

Release Date: 02/10/2004
Label: Telarc
UPC: 0089408359224
catalogNumber: 83592
Rank: 62375

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Tierney Sutton   Primary Artist,Group Member
Gary Foster   Flute
Ray Brinker   Drums,Group Member
Larry Corbett   Celli
Juliann French   Violin
Trey Henry   Bass,Group Member
Christian Jacob   Piano,Conductor,Group Member
Peter Kent   Violin,Concert Master
Gina Kronstadt   Violin
Armen Ksadjikian   Celli
Vladimir Polimatidi   Violin
Barbara Porter   Violin
Harry Shirinian   Viola
Susan Chatman   Violin
Edmund Stein   Violin
Jorge Moragu   Viola
Kristin Fife   Violin
Lynn Grants   Viola
Margot Aldcroft   Viola
Cameron Patrick   Violin
Kathleen Robertson   Violin
Bradley Kintscher   Horn
Audy Stein   Celli
Sharon Jackson   Violin
Erika Walczak   Violin

Technical Credits

Irving Berlin   Composer
Jonathan Schwartz   Liner Notes
Alec Wilder   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Michael Bishop   Engineer
Ray Brinker   Arranger
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Howard Dietz   Composer
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Trey Henry   Arranger
Christian Jacob   Arranger,Orchestration
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Elaine Martone   Producer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Arthur Schwartz   Composer
Carl Sigman   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Arthur Williams   Composer
Robert Woods   Executive Producer
Anilda Carrasquillo   Art Direction
Gus Skinas   Engineer
Tierney Sutton   Arranger,Liner Notes
Edward Eliscu   Composer
Don Marcotte   Composer
Lon Neuman   Engineer
Tracy Martinson   Engineer
Bart Howard   Composer
John M. Elliott   Composer

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