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    Posted: 03 Mar 2019 at 3:41am
The First of Five Acts of ScreenPlay 
on BFM Jazz

Los Angeles, CA 02/21/19  TIERNEY SUTTON is one of the premier jazz vocalists in the country. She and her group of consummate musicians have been performing and recording together for over 20 years, crystallizing into a singular voice. An incorporated, truly collaborative unit that makes all musical as well as business decisions together, THE TIERNEY SUTTON BAND (TSB) stands alone among its peers. The band has received 8 GRAMMY® nominations and has consistently topped the US jazz charts. Sutton, whom the New York Times says has "a voice as pure and sparkling as mountain spring water," has also been selected as JazzWeek's Vocalist of the Year.
Now, The TSB has set its sights on the wide-ranging panorama of film music by releasing an ambitious, 19-track collection of songs called ScreenPlay. It will be released by the multiple Grammy® winning label, BFM Jazz(www.bfmjazz.com).
ScreenPlay spans the first century of American film music and will be released in five "Acts" (each as a digital EP), once a month, beginning February 22nd. Each Act will comprise 3 to 5 songs and will be accompanied by a podcast and other behind-the-scenes material that explores the songs and the films that made them so iconic. In June, the complete ScreenPlayCD will be released worldwide, and will feature additional, unreleased material. Act 1 of ScreenPlay is "The Bergman Suite." Subsequent Acts are "Technicolor," "Golden Age," "Montage," and "The Sully Variations." (The latter features music The TSB created for Clint Eastwood's award-winning film Sully.)
The TIERNEY SUTTON BAND includes CHRISTIAN JACOB, the band's formidable pianist who has also built a substantial career as a solo artist and leader, arranging and conducting around the world, as well as performing with big bands and symphonies. ScreenPlay includes two bass players, TREY HENRY, who has appeared on more than 200 recordings with various artists including Ray Charles, Maynard Ferguson, Sammy Nestico, Linda Ronstadt, and Gerald Wilson, to name just a few; and KEVIN AXT, who has performed with a Who's Who including Natalie Cole, Hank Jones, Phil Woods, and Eddie Daniels, and has appeared on over 150 albums as well as in dozens of theater, film and television productions. Master drummer RAY BRINKER has worked with a wide variety of well-known artists across different genres, including Maynard Ferguson, Pat Benatar, Joe Cocker, Natalie Cole, Jack Sheldon, Anita O'Day, Willie Nelson and Randy Brecker, among many others.
"The Bergman Suite" includes five songs by perhaps the most influential film lyricists of all time, Alan and Marilyn Bergman. The suite opens with "The Windmills of Your Mind," written by celebrated French composer Michel Legrand and arranged here by Sutton. The song, from The Thomas Crowne Affair, earned Alan and Marilyn the first of their three Academy Awards.
Michel Legrand's songs are also featured on the next two tracks. "What Are You Doing the Rest Of Your Life?" is the Bergman's supremely touching marriage-proposal-in-song form. The piece is presented here with a simple piano and vocal arrangement. The sweet lyrics and haunting melody need nothing more.
"How Do You Keep the Music Playing" was arranged by Trey Henry. Alan Bergman himself sings a duet with Sutton on the tune. Bergman's sublime vocals are not to be missed, filled with the magic you might expect from the 93-year old master storyteller.
Tracks 4 and 5 feature music by legendary jazz pianist and composer Dave Grusin. "It Might Be You," from Tootsie, was arranged by Trey Henry. Sutton approaches the song's touching, yearning lyrics as an internal monologue.
The last track, "Ev'ry Now and Then," is the least known song in this collection. The theme, written by Grusin, was featured in the 1996 film Mulholland Falls. The Bergmans took the stunning melody and created one of the most haunting songs of lost love imaginable.
The cinematic poetry of Alan and Marilyn Bergman has graced dozens of movies, television shows, and stage productions. The Tierney Sutton Band honors their work through the band's perceptive interpretations and exquisite musicianship. This recording is another gem from one of the most creative and artistically satisfying bands on the jazz scene today.
"Technicolor," Act 2 of ScreenPlay, will be released in March 2019.

Act 1, "The Bergman Suite," will be available digitally at bfmjazz.com and everywhere on February 22, 2019.

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