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Jazz vocalist Tierney Sutton’s second release, “Blue in Green,” is a stunning tribute to pianist Bill Evans. Evans, one of the most influential pianists of the past 50 years, expanded the rhythmic and harmonic possibilities of jazz. Evans also knew how to play to both a general audience and other musicians, as on the well-known Miles Davis release “Kind of Blue,” to which Evans contributed both compositions and piano. Hence the saying: “Everybody digs Bill Evans.”

In particular, Evans’ piano trios moved beyond the on-the-beat phrasing and melodic pyrotechnics of be-bop to create a complex new jazz vocabulary that still sounded great. Sutton takes the “across-the-bar” phrasing and modal harmonies of Evans and puts them to work with her singing. Supported by her longtime trio, she sings with sensitivity and sophistication on tunes that Evans often played. Sutton makes the difficult chord changes and wide-ranging melodies sound easy and lovely.

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