Susan Sutton

Susan Sutton Trio

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For their first recording, the California-based Susan Sutton Trio have chosen to go with a play list of originals written by Sutton. Sutton comes from the swinging, upbeat jazz school whose female graduates include Dorothy Donegan, Mary Lou Williams, and Hazel Scott. Sutton also sings with a deep, pleasant voice on "Song for Mac" and "Stopping by Woods," the latter a Robert Frost poem, Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening, to which Sutton has added music. This is the famous Frost verse which ends: "And I have miles to go before I sleep." Sutton's music and vocalizing do it justice. Her singing, like her piano, is vibrant. There will be no mistaking this performer for Shirley Horn or Nina Simone. Sutton has a way of giving her music unique modulations with discerning use of the keyboard. "November With Mother Hubbard" is embellished with electronically constructed vibes, while "Kaydea" gets hyped with a sound that resembles muffled chimes. Her cohorts -- Lloyd Wick on drums and Eddie Dunn and Michael Lufkin sharing bass duties -- stay right with their leader on this high-voltage recording. Wick and Lufkin contribute solo licks on "Amoroso." This fine album is available only on cassette from Sutton. Its exuberant and catchy music makes it a worthy addition to a collection.

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