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Gretchen Parlato: Live in NYC (Deluxe Edition)

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One of the best of the new breed of jazz singers, Gretchen Parlato has as much in common with soul divas like Diana Ross and Erykah Badu as she does with Nina Simone or Sarah Vaughan. She’s backed here by two different versions of her working trio (with pianist Taylor Eigsti leading both), doing a survey of her work that emphasizes material from her second and third albums. Standouts include her interpretations of Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly” and a lengthy take on Wayne Shorter’s “Juju,” which includes original lyrics by Parlato. She looks outside of jazz for material as well, rendering a well-turned take on Simply Red’s “Holding Back the Years” and a heartbreaking version of Lauryn Hill’s “All That I Can Say.” Known mostly for her quiet tone and impeccable phrasing, Parlato has a natural affinity for bossa nova and has done several tunes over the years—here Paulinho da Viola’s “Alo Alo” conjures a sensual bit of Carnival on the strength of her voice and some percussion. Overall, the arrangements here are stretched out but still sound as nuanced as the studio versions.

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Gretchen Parlato: Live in NYC

I had the distinct pleasure and hot of seeing Ms. Parlato and band at Lawrence University in Appleton Wisconsin. A perfectly sized small auditorium for the elegantly understated style of her performance. In a time when so many are looking to be older, her vocals are simple, quiet, and elegant. The included video of her performance in clouded in the iTunes version makes this album a steal. It captures the live feel of the excellent band and the vocals well. A great introduction or addition to your GP library. Wonderful performances.


Born: 1976 in Los Angeles, CA

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Vocalist Gretchen Parlato is a forward-thinking jazz singer with an emotive, languid style and a bent toward mixing various musical influences into a modern creative jazz aesthetic. A California native, Parlato grew up listening to a variety of musical genres before focusing on jazz. In 2001, Parlato became the first vocalist ever admitted into the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. Three years later, she won first place in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition. Subsequently,...
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