Lost and Found

The Lost and Found

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by Gretchen Parlato
     
 
The first vocalist to study at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute and winner of the Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition in 2004, Gretchen Parlato has cut a different path than singers who stick to time-tested standards and familiar jazz works. Her third CD is a wide-ranging affair, featuring singer/songwriter pop ballads, post-bop,

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The first vocalist to study at the Thelonious Monk Jazz Institute and winner of the Thelonious Monk Vocal Jazz Competition in 2004, Gretchen Parlato has cut a different path than singers who stick to time-tested standards and familiar jazz works. Her third CD is a wide-ranging affair, featuring singer/songwriter pop ballads, post-bop, her own originals, and works by her supporting musicians adding her lyrics. Her core band consists of keyboardist Taylor Eigsti, bassist Derrick Hodge, and drummer Kendrick Scott, with tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens added on several tracks. Parlato's approach to Wayne Shorter's "Juju" has a mysterious air, with her hypnotic vocals buoyed by Stephens' effusive tenor. Parlato's interpretations of pieces by several rising stars from her generation are impressive, including the whispering treatment of Ambrose Akinmusire's "Henya," along with pieces by Eigsti and Stephens. She demonstrates her versatility in her breezy interpretation of the samba "Alô, Alô," mastering its Portuguese lyric and providing the sole accompaniment as percussionist. Parlato penned both the music and lyric to the driving post-bop vehicle "Winter Wind," while her "Better Than" is a dreamy pop ballad. It's clear that Gretchen Parlato doesn't want to be restricted by stylistic boundaries, so jazz fans with open ears will find a lot of treasures to discover within The Lost and Found.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/05/2011
Label:
Obliqsound
UPC:
0823889911324
catalogNumber:
113
Rank:
13029

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Gretchen Parlato   Primary Artist,Percussion,Vocals
Derrick Hodge   Electric Bass,Acoustic Bass
Taylor Eigsti   Piano,fender rhodes,Hammond B3
Robert Glasper   fender rhodes
Dayna Stephens   Tenor Saxophone
Kendrick Scott   Drums
Alan Hampton   Acoustic Guitar,Vocals

Technical Credits

Gretchen Parlato   Arranger,Composer,Lyricist,Producer
Taylor Eigsti   Composer
Michele Locatelli   Executive Producer
Robert Glasper   Arranger,Composer,Producer
Dayna Stephens   Composer
Kendrick Scott   Arranger,Remix Arrangement
Hucknall   Composer
Chris Allen   Engineer
Reno Di Matteo   Executive Producer
Alan Hampton   Composer
Shorter   Composer

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The Lost and Found 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great CD with very adventurous vocals and songs.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I saw this listed on NPR's blog - list of the 25 best jazz recordings of 2011. Gretchen Parlato has a thin sound and I wasn't impressed at first, but the sound lingered in my head and I find that I can't stop listening. The arrangements are seductive and there's just something really lovely about her singing and this recording.