10 Songs, 1 Hour 31 Minutes

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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Ratings and Reviews

4.5 out of 5
36 Ratings

36 Ratings

Christian Willis ,

AMAZING

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 ...

Tumbleweed58 ,

Wow!

I had the pleasure of witnessing most (if not all) of these tracks live 2/14/15 at The Velvet Note. Phenomenal! This was the first I had heard of Gretchen, but it definitely won't be my last listen! Thank you for special night, Gretchen!

DG-Miami ,

Simply Soulful

Gretchen captured my heart when I heard her sing ¨Holding back the year¨, which was a song I grew up on in the 80´s. Now to her it in such a soulful and sensual remake, it took me by surprise. The Blue Eye soul sister got vocals…Can´t wait to her more of her music.

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