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articles : scotland

Gretchen Parlato, Tron Theatre
Rob Adams, Herald Scotland, 4 Jul 2011

"Cooking in jazz generally relates to rhythmical momentum or excitement but with Gretchen Parlato itís tempting to make a more literal comparison with the preparation of ingredients for the consumerís pleasure.

The Los Angeles-born, New York-based singer takes infinite care with what goes into a performance. Choosing songs that she can sing with meaning is clearly only the beginning, because her arrangements and the way she and her trio interact show an attention to detail thatís positively, well, chef-like.

Parlatoís singing is beautifully measured. She has poise, clarity and the ability convincingly to relay a whole range of emotions as if having a one-to-one conversation. But itís the whole package that engages: her bandís utterly sympathetic knack of grooving quietly or picking up the pace when appropriate, the imaginative mixing of textures both acoustic and electric and Parlatoís aptitude for making ensemble music all by herself with just her voice and an intricate hand-clapping pattern. The bad news is, with her star potential, we may never get to see her again in such an intimate space." Ľ more