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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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
musical combination... Parlato's voice was a flowing, mobile
times it blended seamlessly with Loueke's guitar, often in
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
Parlato's sense of subtle rhythmic interplay and
nuance takes the ache of Frank and implicates it throughout
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