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Gretchen Parlato: Live in NYC

Read "Live in NYC" reviewed by Angelo Leonardi

Tra le molte voci femminili emerse nel nuovo millennio quella di Gretchen Parlato primeggia per classe interpretativa, padronanza ritmica, sensibilità e originalità timbrica. Nel panorama delle nuove interpreti bianche non crediamo abbia rivali, tanto quanto Cécile McLorin Salvant è oggi nell'ambito afro-americano.

In questo doppio album (un CD audio e un DVD), ...

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Gretchen Parlato: Live in NYC

Read "Live in NYC" reviewed by Dr. Judith Schlesinger

In the ever-growing crowd of jazz vocalists, Gretchen Parlato increasingly stands out for her unique sound and musicality. She has been criticized by those who think she should sing “bigger," move around more, and open her eyes when she performs. But she has held to her own meditative style, which includes encouraging her bands to have ...

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Gretchen Parlato: Live in NYC

Read "Live in NYC" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Live in NYC is vocalist Gretchen Parlato's eagerly awaited live recording and follow-up to 2011's excellent The Lost And Found (Obliqsound). Gretchen Parlato (Obliqsound, 2006) and 2011's In A Dream (Obliqsound) round out her catalog as a leader. That said, Parlato has been much more busy than would be indicated by her four recordings in eight ...

Jesse Fischer & Soul Cycle: Retro Future

Read "Retro Future" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Quello attuanto da Jesse Fisher nel suo Retro Future è un tentativo - riuscito solo in parte - di unire sonorità acustiche ed elettroniche, jazz tradizionale e ipotesi future, in una scaletta dalle diverse diramazioni espressive. Dieci brani, tra originali e rivisitazioni, che non convincono appienoe. In alcuni casi le tracce raggiungono la propria credibilità grazie, soprattutto, ...

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Gretchen Parlato: The Lost and Found

Read "The Lost and Found" reviewed by AAJ Italy Staff

Da quando si è aggiudicata il prestigioso premio Thelonious Monk per i musicisti emergenti, nel lontano 2004, dopo aver frequentato i corsi dell'omonimo istituto, Gretchen Parlato ha inciso, a suo nome, poco. The Lost And Found è, infatti, il suo terzo disco solista, che segue gli altrettanto belli In a Dream e il disco d'esordio, Gretchen Parlato. Questo, però, ...

Gretchen Parlato: The Lost and Found

Read "The Lost and Found" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Gretchen Parlato is emerging as the most important jazz singer since Cassandra Wilson. Her vocal approach is so unique and her repertoire so eclectic that she stands to create a jazz vocal genre unto herself. After placing first in the 2004 Thelonious Monk International Jazz Vocals Competition, Parlato released her eponymous debut, self-produced, in 2005. Warmly ...

Gretchen Parlato: The Lost And Found

Read "The Lost And Found" reviewed by Wilbert Sostre

Despite being completely different singers, there's a lot to connect Gretchen Parlato with the legendary Billie Holiday. Holiday was a singer with a phrasing deeply rooted in the blues, while Parlato is a jazz singer with the modern influences of R&B and pop music, but what draws them together is the uniqueness of their respective styles. ...

Gretchen Parlato: The Lost and Found

Read "The Lost and Found" reviewed by Andrew Lienhard

Gretchen Parlato's much anticipated third release, The Lost and Found, secures her position as the leading vocalist in New York's under-40 jazz scene. On this 15-track program, Parlato and producer Robert Glasper blend musical styles like so many cocktails. They purposefully demonstrate that hip-hop has a quiet side, that you needn't be from Brazil to play ...

Max Wild: Tamba

Read "Tamba" reviewed by Chris M. Slawecki

Alto saxophonist Max Wild's Tamba, his ObliqSound debut, combines classic musical themes and devices from Zimbabwe and South Africa with illuminating arrangements and improvisations from contemporary jazz. “My connection to Zimbabwean music defines me. Once I stopped trying to sound like a 'jazz' musician and let my inspiration come out freely, I was able to let ...

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Gretchen Parlato: In A Dream

Read "In A Dream" reviewed by C. Michael Bailey

Vocalist Gretchen Parlato is part Bobby McFerrin, part Theo Bleckmann, and David Binney. All men, yes. Parlato's voice is light as an apparition, ethereal and implied. She is fond of vocal gymnastics as is McFerrin. She shares a sense of humor in art with Bleckmann and a musical adventurousness with Binney. In A Dream is the ...