The art of the ballad seems almost forgotten in today's environment of programmed beats, Auto-Tune and sampled music. But in the hands of three gifted young artiststrumpeter Suresh Singaratnam, singer Gretchen Parlato, and pianist Jamie Reynoldsthe magic of intimate songwriting and beautiful music can still capture the heart as heard in the lovely "That Is You." Its warm ambiance is perfected: first by the trumpet's glowing introduction; then by Parlato's supple and poignant voice, softly pouring out heartfelt lyrics of love, loss, and expectancy; all measured by the piano's gentle accompaniment.
Parlato's always alluring voice is perfectly matched with the tune's empathetic music and lyrics, written by Singaratnam, an emerging leader who released the memorable Lost In New York (Suresong Music, 2010) earlier this year. To be transported from stress and worryif only for a brief momentthis song can surely do the trick. To paraphrase the great Billy Strayhorn, "That Is You" is a lovesome thing.
I love jazz because it expresses things so deep that I can't transform in words.
I met John Pizzarelli.
The best show I ever attended was MASP in São Paulo Brazil.
The first jazz record I bought was a Baby Dodds CD.
My heroes on drums: Papa Jo Jones, Sid Catlett, Gene Krupa, Baby Dodds, Zutty Singleton, Ray Bauduc, Vernell Fournier,
Shelly Manne, Jimmy Cobb, Joe Morello, Daniel Humair, Kenny Clarke, Sonny Carr, Buddy Rich, Sam Woodyard, Cozy Cole,
Sonny Greer, Neil Peart, Carl Palmer, Tony Sbarbaro, Vic Berton, Edison Machado, Milton Banana, Rubens Barsotti.
My heroes in jazz: Duke Ellington, Count Basie, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Ahmad Jamal, Coleman Hawkins, Teddy Wilson,
Barney Kessel, Lester Young, Johnny Hodges, Jelly Roll Morton.