Down Beat (p.64) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "With a voice that whispers, coos and directs in soft-spoken mannerisms, Tierney Sutton sings and swings her way through the 11 songs on DESIRE, most of them standards."
JazzTimes (p.85) - "[Sutton and company] achieve a mystical sort of revere alchemy, transforming Tin Pan Alley gold into inspirational principles of peace and well-being."
Tierney Sutton Band: Tierney Sutton (vocals); Christian Jacob (piano); Trey Henry, Kevin Axt (bass); Ray Brinker (drums).
Personnel: Tierney Sutton (vocals); Christian Jacob (piano); Ray Brinker (drums).
Liner Note Author: Tierney Sutton.
Recording information: NRG Recording Studios, Studio A, Burbank, CA (09/03/2008-09/05/2008).
Editor: Robert Friedrich.
Arrangers: Christian Jacob; The Tierney Sutton Band; Ray Brinker; Tierney Sutton.
Although DESIRE is composed almost exclusively of well-known jazz standards, the fine singer Tierney Sutton and her Band, including the crack pianist Christian Jacob and drummer Ray Brinker, breathe new life into old chestnuts like "It's Only A Paper Moon" and "Skylark" with freshly conceived contemporary jazz arrangements that don't overwhelm with flashy, contemporary-jazz virtuosity. Sporting a clean virtuosity all her own, Sutton is an intelligent, discerning singer with a knack for hitting just the right note in the right place. She goes Peggy Lee one better by treating "Fever" to an even more rockish beat while the dual bass team of Trey Henry and Kevin Axt wax and wane behind her. Likewise, Sutton expands Julie London's "Cry Me A River" in an extended waltz treatment, allowing her super-fluent pianist to stretch out in McCoy Tyner-esque fashion. DESIRE manages to be sound thoroughly contemporary without sacrificing the supple feel and musicianship of jazz at its best.