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Gretchen Parlato

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Gretchen Parlato

Gretchen Parlato's voice is a thing of wonder. Striking the ideal balance between precision and flexibility, she is never predictable, blurring the lines between singer and instrumentalist as she takes a lyric--and at other times improvised flights of wordless fancy--to places it's never before been. On In a Dream, her debut album for ObliqSound, which releases August 25, Parlato and her intuitive support team reinvent constantly, Parlato impeccably articulating in a voice so ethereal that the listener might very well feel that he or she is “in a dream.”

Coming four years after her self-titled debut, In a Dream finds Parlato embarking on a beguiling journey deep into the heart of both her own compositions and classic material by the likes of Stevie Wonder, Duke Ellington, Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and others--all of which she instantly makes her own. Each song emerges as a unique world unto itself, yet there's an undeniable thread linking them all together....
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Source: Jeff Tamarkin

Awards

1st place winner of the 2004 Thelonious Monk Int'l Jazz Vocals Competition

Placed in the Top Ten of Downbeat Magazine’s 2009 Critics Poll (Rising Star Female Vocalist Category)

Featured in the 2009 Documentary Channel Series “Icons Among Us: Jazz In The Present Tense”

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    Live in NYC

    ObliqSound
    2014
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    Live In NYC

    ObliqSound
    2013
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    The Lost And Found

    ObliqSound
    2011
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    In a Dream

    ObliqSound
    2010
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    In A Dream

    ObliqSound
    2009
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    Gretchen Parlato

    ObliqSound
    2005

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Featured recording “Live in NYC”

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Live in NYC

ObliqSound (2013)
”Impassioned singer and bandleader” --Ben Ratliff, NY Times

“The future of jazz is alive and well in the hands of artists such as Gretchen Parlato and Lionel Loueke... Together, they make an irresistibly engaging musical combination... Parlato's voice was a flowing, mobile instrument. At times it blended seamlessly with Loueke's guitar, often in tandem with Loueke's singing. At other times, her warm sound -- a persuasive blend of innocence and irony -- found the heart of tunes... And everything she sang revealed her capacity to become immersed in the music without losing her own interpretive way.” --Don Heckman, LA Times

“...has the musical chops to become a legend.” --Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

“Parlato's sense of subtle rhythmic interplay and understated theatrical nuance takes the ache of Frank and implicates it throughout an improvisational-based esthetic that rests, most often, on Brazilian master- class moments.....

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