The Lost and Found by Gretchen Parlato on Apple Music

15 Songs

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gretchen Parlato doesn’t really evoke any other jazz singer. Clearly influenced by contemporary R&B and pop vocalists, she’s got her own thing going on. Parlato has a lovely tone with an appealingly hazy, slightly nasal, aura. 2011’s The Lost and Found is superb. One of the album’s highlights takes place on “Winter Wind” where at one point her ace band takes off, and she comes up with countless variations for a handful of repeated lyrics. It’s an incredibly exciting stretch. (Pianist Taylor Eigsti, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Kendrick Scott are responsible for the stirring surge that she rides.) Tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens joins the group for a version of Wayne Shorter’s “Juju,” which has lyrics by Parlato. “Still,” a blues-tinged slice of folk-pop penned by Alan Hampton, finds the composer sitting in on acoustic guitar and vocals. The cut is a bit different than anything else here but it fits in nicely. The title track, a quiet original by Stephens and Parlato, is colored by fine brushwork and lovely tenor sax. Parlato barely sings above a whisper, but she’s riveting.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Gretchen Parlato doesn’t really evoke any other jazz singer. Clearly influenced by contemporary R&B and pop vocalists, she’s got her own thing going on. Parlato has a lovely tone with an appealingly hazy, slightly nasal, aura. 2011’s The Lost and Found is superb. One of the album’s highlights takes place on “Winter Wind” where at one point her ace band takes off, and she comes up with countless variations for a handful of repeated lyrics. It’s an incredibly exciting stretch. (Pianist Taylor Eigsti, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Kendrick Scott are responsible for the stirring surge that she rides.) Tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens joins the group for a version of Wayne Shorter’s “Juju,” which has lyrics by Parlato. “Still,” a blues-tinged slice of folk-pop penned by Alan Hampton, finds the composer sitting in on acoustic guitar and vocals. The cut is a bit different than anything else here but it fits in nicely. The title track, a quiet original by Stephens and Parlato, is colored by fine brushwork and lovely tenor sax. Parlato barely sings above a whisper, but she’s riveting.

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3:46
5:30
5:24
6:01
3:03
6:13
1:54
4:59
4:57
1:45
3:17
3:23
4:11
4:39
3:19

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
  • BORN
    1976

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