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Jazz Music’s John Book Reviews “Notes from the Frontier”

John Book | Jazz Music: “These Notes From The Frontier can define any and all frontiers, and whatever the landscape, this is sure to become the soundtrack to many people and their lives. This one is Grammy-worthy …”

Vocalist Jacqui Sutton takes things outdoors, into the trees to find the roots of everything that concerns the human condition in her new album with The Frontier Jazz Orchestra called Notes From The Frontier (Toy Blue Typewriter).
Subtitled A Musical Journey, the music on Notes From The Frontier sounds like someone who simply wants to seek more to experience, and along the way shares stories of what was, what is, and what is hoped to be. Sutton may be classified as jazz, but she also sings with hints of other styles that would make her sound perfect in a soul and blues setting, along with rock. These songs are not just her stories alone, but the tales and words of those she meets up with, their words and perspectives, and simply it’s a timeline that could easily be that of the listener. You hear Sutton and her orchestra get down home and country, and you may imagine yourself in Texas, Georgia, or Alabama. Sutton’s voice is very comforting and after listening to this, I imagined what she would sound like if singing the works of others, perhaps some of my own personal favorites. One may also sense the scents of things imagined, and for me, that shows how well this music works. These Notes From The Frontier can define any and all frontiers, and whatever the landscape, this is sure to become the soundtrack to many people and their lives. This one is Grammy-worthy, and I hope she (or someone representing her) will consider submitting this one.

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