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EDITORS’ NOTES

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.

EDITORS’ NOTES

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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Customer Reviews

4.5 out of 5

33 Ratings

AMAZING

Christian Willis,

Had a ham e to BUY this album early ...this woman is phenomenal ..I can't even begin to describe to you of how amazing this album is...This album is worth every penny and more...please support ...

Love Gretchen

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Her voice makes me hotter than July.

About Gretchen Parlato

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, she has appeared on a bevy of other artists' albums, including recordings by bassist Esperanza Spalding, pianist Kenny Barron, and trumpeter Terence Blanchard, among others. In 2005, she released her debut independent self-titled album. In 2009, she delivered her sophomore album, In a Dream, featuring backing by West African guitarist Lionel Loueke. Parlato returned in 2011 with the album Lost and Found, featuring pianists Taylor Eigsti and Robert Glasper. In 2013, Parlato released the concert album Live in NYC, which featured her performing at New York City's Rockwood Hall in 2012. ~ Matt Collar

  • ORIGIN
    Los Angeles, CA
  • GENRE
    Jazz
  • BORN
    1976

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