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Passing Notes: Listener’s Notes – From the CD Stack

Jacqui Sutton appears as the face of what she calls “frontier jazz,” a blend of jazz and country styles that is signified well in the title of her CD, Billie and Dolly. A mix of the vocal sensibilities of Holiday and Parton, Sutton provides a charismatic focus for a group that manages to create a distinctive sound by blending banjo, accordion, flute, cello, and a variety of percussion with bass, piano, and trumpet. Full of new textures and musical surprises, Billie and Dolly offers a enjoyable and moving set of songs. Check out Sutton and company’s reworking of “Those Memories of You” for a taste of their cooking.

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