KELLEY SUTTENFIELD

Vocal Jazz / Pop/Art Song/Folk • United States
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Kelley Suttenfield is an acoustic jazz vocalist whose lush resonance and graceful approach have captivated fans and critics alike. Her style is relaxed and patient. Every note is delivered with great care. Each phrase is thoughtful and unhurried. She emanates a comfortable assurance that invites the listener to lean in a little closer and linger a little longer. In the words of writer Carol Banks Weber (axs.com), she “breathes her own loving, sensitive and reverent persona into every lyric.”

With her new CD “Among The Stars” (self-produced), released in September 2014, Kelley partners with guitarist and longtime collaborator Tony Romano to explore a gentle aural landscape that is accentuated by space and delicacy. The CD features a diverse mix of songs– from Neal Young’s tender anthem “Harvest Moon” to the Bart Howard opus “Fly Me To the Moon”– with simple arrangements that leave ample room for interplay between Kelley’s lucent vocals
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When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil YoungWhen We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young
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CD Baby 2014
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Where Is LoveWhere Is Love
Rhombus Records 2009
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KELLEY SUTTENFIELD Where Is Love? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Where Is Love?
Vocal Jazz 2009
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Among the Stars
Vocal Jazz 2014
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When We Were Young
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2019

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KELLEY SUTTENFIELD When We Were Young

Album · 2019 · Pop/Art Song/Folk
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Right now Kelley Suttenfield’s “When We were Young” is my number one pick for sleeper surprise masterpiece for this year, and unfortunately, its also an album that may fly under the radar and be missed by many who would enjoy it because she is not yet well known. On paper the idea of a female jazz singer covering the songs of Neil Young looks like the sort of thing that could go wrong in many directions. Do we really want to hear Neil’s classics treated to adventurous chord substitutions, metric modulation or scat vocalizing. Of course we don’t, and thankfully you won’t find any of that on Kelley’s sublime covers of both well known and somewhat obscure Neil Young compositions. Sattenfield and her small backing group keep things cool and relaxed and don’t try too hard to make the songs more ‘jazzy’, although it should be no surprise that many of Young’s songs are very similar to classic pop jazz tunes in the first place, particularly “Fool for Your Love”. It also helps that Kelley’s band mates all have diverse backgrounds and can dish out the country, folk and rock licks that are needed to keep Young’s songs sounding ‘real’.

One of the first things you may notice about Suttenfield’s interpretations of Neil’s lyrics is that she never changes his words to fit her gender. All of the lyrics that Young sings about his relationship with women remain as is which creates a very interesting atmosphere in which we are hearing Neil’s thoughts from a curiously feminine side of himself. If she had changed the words the album would be much less mesmerizing in its exploration of Young’s yearnings for his ‘better half’. In some ways the album sounds like Young’s lover has discovered his personal diary and is reading his thoughts out loud to herself.

The arrangements on here are outstanding, deceptively simple, but always serving the song, not the musicians. A string trio is used economically here and there and the keyboards and guitar engage in occasional short solos to help build momentum. Kelley’s vocal delivery is very much of the ‘cool’ school, but on songs like “The Needle and the Damage Done” and “Down by the River” she belts out some emotional chorus buildups. “When We were Young” has so much crossover potential and if given some decent promotion could find fans in the worlds of folk, country, pop, vocal jazz and classic rock. Do give this one a try, its probably better than what you are expecting.

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