Susan Sutton

Beyond

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Pianist Susan Sutton continues to grow as a performing artist and as a composer on this, her seventh album. Reliance on Latin jazz has declined and the play list has been opened up to include compositions other than just her own. The result is both greater variety and opportunity for Sutton to use her interpretative skills and to solidify her place as a multi-dimensional performer. She also shows a somewhat distinctive piano technique with the way she uses her right hand. She employs it not only to move the melody along, but to improvise as well. There are times when one can barely discern the presence of her left hand. This why the bass player is so important in her scheme of things. She was wise to have brought on Naim Satya to fill the bass chair. His intriguing lines are always on the mark, never faltering or wandering. The ability to affirm the melody comes through on "Nuevo Cancion," an engaging Sutton composition carried over from her last album. Satya's "Victoria G" is one of the more absorbing tracks on the CD. Lloyd Wick has been the constant in Sutton's trio, usually relegated to beating out Latin rhythms. On this album, he gets a chance to show what he can do with bop and other jazz styles. With each new recording, Sutton has moved forward with her creativity, making each album a satisfying session of fulfilled anticipation.

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