After successfully introducing the Frontier Jazz sound with my debut CD "Billie & Dolly", I've doubled down on the sound and have incorporated more bluegrass, classical and rock elements into the predominantly jazz sound, and have thrown my hat into the ring as an arranger. I was fortunate also to have C. Michael Bailey (All About Jazz) write the liner notes, and I'll let his words speak, as he describes the sound much better than I ever could:
"Sutton hones her borderland edge on 'Notes From the Frontier', with her Frontier Jazz fully evolved, using an innovative nonet as groundbreaking as Miles Davis’ 1949 'Birth of the Cool' ensemble. The Frontier Jazz Orchestra is a heady combination of pastoral and urban: Paul Chester’s moonshine six-string banjo (and mainstay in Sutton’s Frontier Jazz sound) against Anthony Sapp’s elastic electric bass; Max Dyer’s tumbleweed cello against Eddie Lewis’ various brass; IIya Janos’ organic percussion against Aralee Dorough and Bob Chadwick’s winds. Multi-talented Henry Darragh rounds out this visionary group within the lines of creation with help from background vocalists Lyndon Hughes and Cindy Scott.
Sutton’s repertoire is uniquely American, appealing to the necessarily broad national taste. The opening rustic and virile performance of Gershwin’s “Summertime” and the anthemic tome “Where the Music Comes From” by American composer Lee Hoiby serve as testament to the richness and diversity of this musical experience. But this richness and diversity does not end there. Everything else is, in the vernacular, the gravy. This recording is something new, profound and important."
I'll only add that I love all kinds of music, and feel fortunate that the members of the Frontier Jazz Orchestra have come along with me during this experiment, and have played their hearts out every note of the way.