Renewing the Ballad

Tierney Sutton‘s rendition of “East of the Sun, West of the Moon” is such a novelty. This beautiful ballad has been covered numerous times from Frank Sinatra to Diana Krall, but never in an idiosyncratic approach like Sutton. She reinvents the melody, speeds up the tempo, and scats the shit out of it. Damn, just love it when a singer takes a well-known standard to where no one else had taken it before. The live performance is taken from Marian McPartland’s Piano Jazz program on NPR. (You’re the best, baby!)