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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.

Aligning with a virtuosic quartet she describes as “inspiring, creative, sensitive, musical souls”—Lionel Loueke on guitar, Aaron Parks on piano and Fender Rhodes, Derrick Hodge on acoustic and electric bass, and drummer Kendrick Scott—Parlato brings the warmth and compelling command of her much-heralded live performances to 10 exquisite new peeks into her artistic personality. In a Dream firmly places Gretchen Parlato in the upper echelon of today's vocal artists.

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”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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Album Live in NYC by Gretchen Parlato

Live in NYC

ObliqSound
2014

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Album Live In NYC by Gretchen Parlato

Live In NYC

ObliqSound
2013

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Album The Lost And Found by Gretchen Parlato

The Lost And Found

ObliqSound
2011

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Album In a Dream by Gretchen Parlato

In a Dream

ObliqSound
2010

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Album That Is You

That Is You

Suresong Music
2010

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In A Dream

ObliqSound
2009

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