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Metro Spirit: CD Reviews – Jacqui Sutton – “Billie & Dolly”

Turning 50 and starting a garage band is not the usual vocalist’s narrative. But that’s what vocalist Jacqui Sutton did and she called it the Frontier Jazz Orchestra.

What is Frontier Jazz?

It is the branding name that Houston based Jazzgrass Chic Jacqui Sutton felt would best described her brand of jazz. The concept in nature has been approached by jazz crossover artist Béla Fleck, but only instrumentally. The idea is to take one part bluegrass ,add one part jazz, bookend the idea with iconic songs at the beginning and end Billie Holiday’s “God Bless the Child” and Dolly Parton’s “Endless Stream of Tears,” bring in arranger Henry Darragh, brew for 9 months and voila, you have Sutton’s latest release Billie & Dolly.

Listeners can expect the traditional sounds of bluegrass and the sophistication of jazz. Banjo is used lavishly throughout the recording, sometimes the cello stands in for fiddle. You will hear guitar and accordion—folk instruments that bring you to the banks of the Mississippi and onto a bed of St. Augustine grass—the sound of the American frontier. Add the flute, flugelhorn and piano, and you’ll hear echoes of the open prairie and the sultry sounds of a 30’s lounge with hipsters filling the seats for night of eclectic adventures.

There are songs from the American Songbook, from the world of musical theater, and a science song written for children. Throw in some funky grooves and spicy Zydeco, and Billie & Dolly becomes even harder to pigeonhole, which is what makes this recording even more special. Frontier Jazz, Jazzgrass, well; whatever your title, it is definitely not your run of the mill CD. Sutton and her band (orchestra) of explorers have certainly discovered new territory. Divisionism, Pointillist or neo-impressionistic might be some of the terms used if this was an art presentation. My term, simply; highly recommended.

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eJazz News CD Reviews: Jacqui Sutton – “Billie & Dolly”

Turning 50 and starting a garage band is not the usual v ocalist’s narrativ e. But that’s what vocalist Jacqui Sutton did and she called it the Frontier Jazz Orchestra.

What is Frontier Jazz?

It is the branding name that Houston based Jazzgrass Chic Jacqui Sutton felt would best described her brand of jazz. The concept in nature has been approachedby jazzcrossover artist Béla Fleck, but only instrumentally. The idea is to take one part bluegrass ,add one part jazz, bookend the idea with iconic songs at the beginning and end Billie Holiday ’s “God Bless the Child” and Dolly Parton’s “Endless Stream of Tears,” bring in arranger Henry Darragh, brew for 9 months and voila, you have Sutton’s latest release Billie & Dolly .

Listeners can expect the traditional sounds of bluegrass and the sophistication of jazz. Banjo is used lav ishly throughout the recording, sometimes the cello stands in for fiddle. You will hear guitar and accordion—folk instruments that bring y ou to the banks of the Mississippi and onto a bed of St. Augustine grass—the sound of the American frontier. Add the flute, flugelhorn and piano, and y ou’ll hear echoes of the open prairie and the sultry sounds of a 30’s lounge with hipsters filling the seats for night of eclectic adv entures.

There are songs from the American Songbook, from the world of musical theater, and a science song written for children. Throw in some funky groovesandspicy Zydeco,andBillie&Dolly becomesevenharderto pigeonhole, which is what makes this recording even more special. Frontier Jazz, Jazzgrass, well; whatev er y our title, it is definitely not your run of the mill CD. Sutton and her band (orchestra) of explorers have certainly discovered new territory. Divisionism, Pointillist or neo- impressionistic might be some of the terms used if this was an art presentation. My term, simply; highly recommended.

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Jacqui Sutton’s “Billie & Dolly” is reviewed by Improvijazzation Nation

Jacqui Sutton – BILLIE & DOLLY:

Jacqui’s vocals are among the best I’ve listened to (yet) in 2011. She opens the CD with a wonderfully laid-back rendition of “God Bless The Child“… “pleasant” is the keyword, to be sure. The banjo integrations on “Black Hole” will suck your ears right into the groovy vortex she creates with her vocals… recording is excellent quality through & through! You’ll definitely think you’re down in Cajun-town as you listen to the swamp groovin’ on “Those Memories of You“. There’s a heavy swing feel, & definite sweet jazz snatches competing for your aural attention, but it can’t be “classified” in any way shape or form.

It’s for that reason (as well as some fantastic arrangements from Henry Darragh) that I give Jacqui’s debut CD my MOST HIGHLY RECOMMENDED rating. “EQ” (energy quotient) rating is 4.96, & when you add in the “FQ” (that’s“funquotient),thisonecan’tbebeat! Getmoreinformationat https://jacquisutton.com/

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The Borderland Music Watch: Jacqui Sutton – “Billie & Dolly”

I think it’s easy enough to work out who the Billy & Dolly are in the album title – and even easier if you look at the digipack cover. Jazz and country aren’t the easiest cohabits in the musical spectrum. Apart from the Western Swing bands such as Bob Wills and his Texas Playboys and many more of that ilk who toured and ripped up the South-western states of the USA back in the 40s and 50s, I haven’t heard much country in jazz since then. So this rather strange hybrid by vocalist Jacqui Sutton and The Frontier Jazz Orchestra makes for an intriguing listen. Inspired by the songs of Billie Holiday and Dolly Parton, the eleven tracks here tend to veer more towards the jazz with just a few country-typical instruments added. I have to say that the orchestra are very good, folding their sound around the voice of Ms Sutton like a velvet glove. Most of the songs tend towards the jazz songbook, with only one Parton song, Endless Stream of Tears, and a couple of bluegrass originals to hold the country end up. Overall the sound is quite sophisticated and the sound of the South seem to represent the Country element. I may be missing the point of this exercise but Ms Sutton sings mostly in a high register which is near soprano and most of the songs sound like they should be sung in a lower register, more in the style of Ms Holiday. Perhaps being a Brit is colouring my responses to this album, it sounds like neither fish nor fowl. Even after several plays I am still unsure of what to make of this album, and that is unusual for me. There doesn’t seem to be any direct web address for Ms Sutton so you may like to see if there are any sample tracks available from the URL listed below.

For more information about this artist, album and availability visit: www.karigaffney.com

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Jazz & Bossa CD Review: Jacqui Sutton – “Billie & Dolly”

Jazz and Country? Billie Holiday and Dolly Parton music in the same CD? Seems like an odd combination. Billie and Dolly is the tittle of Jacqui Sutton new album, but in reality just two songs are from Lady Day and the Queen of Country, God Bless the Child and Endless stream of tears. The rest of the album is a unique fusion of Jazz and Bluegrass.

I know that musicians like Bela Fleck has been doing something similar, but it is the first time I hear a singer trying this fusion in a whole album. And the results are pretty good, Jacqui is a singer with good vocal range and a distinctive style. Jacqui cites both Dolly Parton and Billie Holiday as two major influences on her, and you can hear both on Jacqui voice, mixing the blues and swing of jazz and the yodeling of bluegrass in songs like God bless the child and The moon is made of gold.

The use of the banjo and cello accentuate that bluegrass, country feeling in songs like Memories of you, Keeper of your love and Mississipi Song. Pianist/trombonist/composer/singer Henry Darragh did the arrangements for all the songs on this album and also played piano and trombone.

Tracks: God bless the child, Black Hole, Lazy Afternoon, Keeper of your Love, Those memories of you, My man’s gone now, Risk, The moon is made of gold, Mississipi Song, A sleepin’ Bee, Endless stream of tears

Artist’s Website: https://www.jacquisutton.com Reviewed by : Wilbert Sostre

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