In a Dream

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All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Gretchen Parlato is a rising star in vocal jazz circles of the 2000s who everyone should pay attention to and enjoy. Her singing is pure sterling silver, accented with just a hint of ethnic shadings and a big helping of modern style that goes well beyond standard fare. As alluring, distinct, and mature as her youthful instrument is, she deserves extra credit for choosing some of the most interesting young players who also are ascending to major-league status. Guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, keyboardist Aaron Parks, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Kendrick Scott are all leaders in their own right, but add bright and inventive accompaniment that perfectly matches ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Michael G. Nastos
Gretchen Parlato is a rising star in vocal jazz circles of the 2000s who everyone should pay attention to and enjoy. Her singing is pure sterling silver, accented with just a hint of ethnic shadings and a big helping of modern style that goes well beyond standard fare. As alluring, distinct, and mature as her youthful instrument is, she deserves extra credit for choosing some of the most interesting young players who also are ascending to major-league status. Guitarist/vocalist Lionel Loueke, keyboardist Aaron Parks, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Kendrick Scott are all leaders in their own right, but add bright and inventive accompaniment that perfectly matches the pristinely hopeful sounds Parlato expresses. The music taps from many sources, including a cute vocal variation of Herbie Hancock's funky "Butterfly," Wayne Shorter's "E.S.P." with rain forest imagery, scat, and quirky 6/8 beats, or Duke Ellington's "Azure" in adapted 5/4 time with Loueke's guitar and Hodge in late. Stevie Wonder's "I Can't Help It" is a pining, crossover, Latin-tinged love song as Parlato sings and Loueke scats and add mouth pops, while Dori Caymmi's skittering "Doralice" is easily representative of expanded tropicalia sensuality. Parks, much like his peer Robert Glasper, has the modern spirit song, loose-repeat-phrased-and-deep-harmonic piano style down pat. As you listen to the Glasper/Parlato joint composition "In a Dream," or the 7/8 meter of "Turning into Blue," you are enveloped in this thin veneer of cloudy, dream sequence sound that identifies the heart and soul of these unique musicians. "Weak" turns this concept into a rock/funk beat emphasized by Fender Rhodes electric piano juxtaposing choppy rhythms versus Parlato's sweet voice, whereas "On the Other Side" flips the script in a shuffle with percussion in shades of renewal and retrial. A muffled, taped recording of Parlato singing at age two is tacked on two tracks, emphasizing the growth curve she has experienced, but more so how she appreciates the child-like wonder that her music clearly retains. Gretchen Parlato is going to be a major player on the contemporary vocal music scene, jazz or not. In a Dream already shows vast potential realized, and is easily recommended to those who appreciate vocal music with an instrumentalist's concept.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/25/2009
  • Label: Obliqsound
  • UPC: 823889910723
  • Catalog Number: 107
  • Sales rank: 36,895

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 I Can't Help It (4:49)
  2. 2 Within Me (5:34)
  3. 3 Butterfly (5:01)
  4. 4 In a Dream (5:30)
  5. 5 Doralice (3:21)
  6. 6 Turning into Blue (5:12)
  7. 7 E.S.P. (4:05)
  8. 8 Azure (4:16)
  9. 9 On the Other Side (3:57)
  10. 10 Weak (5:00)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Gretchen Parlato Primary Artist, Percussion, Vocals, Hand Clapping, Children's Voices
Derrick Hodge Electric Bass, Acoustic Bass
Aaron Parks Organ, Synthesizer, Piano, Glockenspiel, fender rhodes
Lionel Loueke Guitar, Vocals
Kendrick Scott Percussion, Drums
Technical Credits
Dorival Caymmi Composer
Herbie Hancock Composer
Bennie Maupin Composer
Wayne Shorter Composer
Irving Mills Composer, Lyricist
Duke Ellington Composer, Lyricist
Brian Alexander Morgan Composer, Lyricist
Larry Troutman Composer, Lyricist
Roger Composer, Lyricist
Stevie Wonder Composer, Lyricist
Susaye Greene Composer, Lyricist
Gretchen Parlato Arranger, Composer, Lyricist
Antonio Almeida Composer
Michele Locatelli Producer
Robert Glasper Arranger, Composer
Lionel Loueke Arranger
Jean Hancock Composer, Lyricist
Juan Pablo Alcaro Engineer
Francis Jacob Composer, Lyricist
Gabriele Donati Graphic Design, Text Layout
Robert Glasper Trio Arranger
Judy Frisk Graphic Design
Nathan James Mastering
Alan Hampton Arranger, Composer
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    In A Dream

    I am definitely impressed by her music and her voice. She has definitely change my perception of jazz and I can truly say that I have now become a fan. I wasn't familiar of her music or her voice before but ever since I was introduced to her music, my feelings towards her work has continued to soar. This is an album that must be apart of your collection. I can definitely see a grammy nomination for best jazz vocalist of 2009.

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