gretchen parlato — quotes
Friday, October 19th, 2007 1:33 PM
"Her voice is a conflux where hope, sensuality and tragedy all merge...
the most original jazz singer in a generation.
- Steve Greenlee, Boston Globe
"Gretchen Parlato is a singer-arranger of consummate control and slow-burning intensity... lives at the crossroads of sensuous and spiritual, singing from deep within hypnotic grooves with enormous rhythmic sophistication."
- Allen Morrison, Downbeat Magazine
"Parlato is utterly beguiling on 'The Lost and Found.' …She has (a) singular ear for rhythm and phrasing, texture and subtlety."
"the emblematic jazz vocalist of her generation, and perhaps the most visionary. "
...mastery of rhythm, emotional depth, subtlety, and the kind of precise technical craft where even the breathing sounds matter."
- Michael J. West, Washington City Paper
"Parlato at her most vulnerable and conversely, at her most free."
- DC Jazz Music Examiner
"...transfixing...she fashions a mellow, drifting sound informed by Brazil and Wayne Shorter and organic R&B."
- The New York Times
"75 years ago, nobody sang like Billie Holiday -
today, nobody sings like Gretchen Parlato"
- Wilbert Sostre, All About Jazz
"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."
- Michael Bailey, All About Jazz
"The first time I saw Gretchen perform live was in New York, she was freaking me out. I was covered in goose bumps. Right away Gretchen's phrasing and timing strikes people. It certainly did me...One thing that I've experienced is how she communicates with players from within the group, not 'on top… I think that's one of the reasons so many musicians love to play with her."
- Esperanza Spalding, Best New Artist, 2011 Grammy ™
"She can go with the flow like a hip-hop artist, meaning go with the musical moment. That's an art that's not common anymore."
- Robert Glasper
"I really wish I could take some small credit for her blossoming, but I thought she was pretty damn blossomed. Gretchen is 'inside' the music. Many, many singers sing well but are not willing to be sunken into the sound created by the instrumentalists. There's a palpable listening going on, and Gretchen telegraphs it to her bandmates."
- Tierney Sutton
"in the company of eight other singers — Gretchen Parlato simply took over the stage."
- BBC, London Jazz Festival
"a superstar in the making, standing on stage... the evening will be remembered as one you want to talk about in the future and say: I was there."
- Henrik Palle, Politiken, Copenhagen
"When I think of Parlato... I hear Miles Davis"
- The Jazz Police
"Gretchen Parlato is the next big thing in female vocal jazz"
- Deutschlandradio Kultur, Germany
"moments of intense transparency, of eloquent silence, of plenitude are the minimalist style and rare charm of Gretchen Parlato"
- Les Inrockuptibles, France
"...a new vocal star - Gretchen Parlato sings with a rare intensity and insight"
- Molde Jazz Festival, Norway
"Enchantress, Parlato seduced the audience one by one with her angelic voice...
sweet, deep and almost magical"
- Canoe, Canada
"a voice both vulnerable and brave"
- Evan Kennea, Perth International Arts Festival
"Parlato has all the makings of jazz ascendancy. She has held her own with Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, and her rapport with the acoustic guitarist Lionel Loueke is very nearly profound."
- Nate Chinen, Jazz Times
"Gretchen Parlato is going to be a major player on the contemporary vocal music scene, jazz or not"
"Gretchen is a singer with a deep, almost magical connection to the music. She takes a lot of chances with her understated style, and it works. Every note is expressive, powerful, and pretty. And most important, her heart is in the right place."
- Herbie Hancock
"I think in an inconspicuous way, Gretchen Parlato knows how to play the same instrument that Frank Sinatra played. There's no one out there like Gretchen. She's true blue."
- Wayne Shorter
"Gretchen is like my twin sister musically. It's almost like we're reading each other's minds. From the beginning we had a real connection, a natural chemistry. She's the only singer that I never have to account for or change the way I play; the guitar and the voice are so well balanced that no one is ever out in front. We complete each other."
- Lionel Loueke
"Parlato has been blessed with extraordinary talents — an unerring sense of pitch, utterly relaxed rhythmic clarity, an open ear for harmony — what makes her so unique is the imaginative way in which she uses those skills to rove deeply within the instrumental sounds, while still retaining her presence as the vocal center of the music.
"In A Dream" belongs in the four or five Grammy nominations for Best Jazz Vocal Album."
- Don Heckman
"Gretchen Parlato has proven herself to be exactly the type of driven, inspiring, and creative artist that I knew she would be the first time I met her. She came to our school program with a style all her own. I am very proud of her and look foward to working with her someday, and also hearing from her in the future. She is something special."
- Terence Blanchard
"Beautiful voice. The pitch, everything is perfect... She sings beautifully...5 stars"
- Richard Bona, Blindfold Test, Downbeat Magazine
"...has the musical chops to become a legend... intimate & completely engaging. Every sound Parlato makes is part of the musical fabric... scats and sings lyrics with a feathery, breathy voice that is gentle, feminine and full of musical nuance and color... She handles flowing, simple melodies and complex, angular lines with equal ease"
-Elaine Schmidt, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
"Parlato's sense of subtle rhythmic interplay and understated theatrical nuance takes the ache of Frank and implicates it throughout an improvisational-based esthetic... As simple and restive as she sounds in print, her voice—scatting, cooing, leaning back then soaring—can leap through complex tempo and rhythmic shifts as if riding rapids."
- A.D. Amorosi, New York Press