Kelley Suttenfield – When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young
Number of Tracks:11
From the Album:When We Were Young: Kelley Suttenfield Sings Neil Young
Available Date & Time: Nov 08 2019 09:00:00 EST
Impact Date: n/a
"Subtleties that I didn’t know existed are brought forth in 'Harvest Moon' and 'Only Love Can Break Your Heart.' The arrangements are both compact and lush. Kelley Suttenfield’s voice is evocative and subtle, yet filled with expression. This is an album that gets better and better after each spin." – Preston Michael Frazier, Something Else!
"Suttenfield remains understated in the recital, leading an eclectic band, featuring guitarist Tosh Sheridan, making music that rhymes with those country offerings of Norah Jones. Tastefully produced and provocatively performed, 'When We Were Young' wins capably." – C. Michael Bailey, (About One Hundred Words On…)
"Suttenfield, supported by her longtime collaborator, arranger and guitarist Tosh Sheridan, adds a freshness to all of these great tunes. Her exceptional, evocative voice cuts right to the heart of the material, for which she obviously has a great understanding and appreciation. It is a gem, truly worthwhile, allowing us to view Young’s work in an entirely new light." – Paul Freeman, Pop Culture Classics.
KELLEY SUTTENFIELD is a versatile vocalist with a warm, intimate voice that’s perfect for her newest project, WHEN WE WERE YOUNG – KELLEY SUTTENFIELD SINGS NEIL YOUNG. The album includes some of Neil Young’s most famous songs, as well as a couple of tunes written but never performed by him. Tackling songs that are long associated with the pop legend is an audacious endeavor; however, this is not a tribute album. Rather, Suttenfield and her collaborator and arranger, guitarist TOSH SHERIDAN, have created interpretations that are fresh and personal.
Suttenfield is a regular on the New York jazz scene and performs at various venues around the East Coast. On WHEN WE WERE YOUNG, Suttenfield brought on board a rhythm section of three top New York-based musicians who make up the group named (718), an electric trio groove music band that blends modern and creative jazz-inspired improvised music. The members of (718) provide the perfect blend of jazz and rock sensibilities. Members of THE MEMLING ENSEMBLE, a musical partnership of Metropolitan Opera Orchestra musicians that has been concertizing in various configurations for over twenty years, provide strings accompaniment on several tunes.
These renditions of Young’s tunes are accessible and appealing, and the musicianship on this album is stellar, but the real stars of the project are Suttenfield's sensual, emotive voice and Sheridan’s evocative arrangements. It’s not easy taking on songs that are so closely identified with a seminal artist like Neil Young, but Suttenfield and Sheridan impress by staying true to originals while imbuing them with their own personalities and artistry.
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