New in the 1 Love spot is Sutton and Merlaud's take on the fun Antônio Almeida and Dorival Caymmi song from the mid-1940s - 'Doralice' later included on the classic Creed Taylor produced Getz/Gilberto (1964). One of the world's greatest living jazz singers Tierney Sutton knows the alphabet of jazz vocals from A to Z. But what's more important than indexing titles or locating a place in the taxonomy of the vast standards discography is what the widely admired US singer on Paris Sessions 2 more even than sheer prodigious command of both material and command can provide. And that is rapport and space and a sense that she inhabits the songs and is a long time resident.
All these attributes are provided in quantity on this new album, getting a lot of airplay on jazz stations in the States, and which came out a few months ago. Its 2014 predecessor also involving a collaboration with guitarist Serge Merlaud was Grammy nominated. Take a deep dive today. Sutton opens the song by delivering a zestful wordless statement of the theme, then the vocalese in earnest kicks in. Merlaud is on vintage form as he replicates Sutton's vocal line. Back and forths follow in the arc of the samba before a wonderful chord at the end hangs in the air as a perfectly captured quasi-resolution. Tierney Sutton photo: Paul Ghezzo