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"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
64th GRAMMY Awards Nominee
- Best Jazz Vocal Album
Vocal Album of the Year International - German Jazz Awards
#3 Album of 2021 -Jazzwise Critics Poll
#5 Best Jazz Albums of 2021 -JazzFM
#5 Best Jazz Albums of 2021 - Guardian, UK
Albums of the Year 2021 - the Arts Desk
Album of the Week, Jazz FM
Editor's Choice, Jazzwise Magazine
10 Albums You Need to Know, Jazziz
Album of the Month, Stereo Magazine, DE
articles / interviews
Jazz Vocalist Gretchen Parlato Is Ready to Blossom Again
In the decade following Parlato’s triumph at the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Vocals Competition, she changed the texture of the New York scene. ...changed the sound of jazz with her singular voice. After receding from the spotlight to focus on motherhood and teaching, she's back with a solo album... »» read article
Gretchen Parlato - Back in Full Bloom —JAZZWISE MAGAZINE
...you hear the voice. But that voice —
one of the most dreamily mellifluous timbres in jazz —
is instantly recognizable.
Gretchen Parlato, the Grammy-nominated composer and vocalist, and one of the most imaginative and inspiring artists on the scene, is back. And oh, how we’ve missed her. ...her brilliant new Brazilian-flavoured album on Edition is her best yet.
»» read article @jazzwise.com
Gretchen Parlato — Renaissance in Bloom —DOWNBEAT MAGAZINE
In 2014, Gretchen Parlato’s album Live In NYC earned her a Grammy nomination—a crowning glory to a decade of career triumphs—and then the singer-songwriter nearly dropped out of sight.
To understand the magnitude of this departure from the spotlight, consider Parlato’s career trajectory pre-motherhood: She performed with jazz greats Herbie Hancock, Wayne Shorter and Terence Blanchard while still a student at UCLA. She won the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz International Vocals Competition and released her self-titled album the following year. Her subsequent albums—In A Dream (2009) and The Lost And Found (2011)—generated glowing reviews, and she topped the category Rising Star–Female Vocalist in the 2011 DownBeat Critics Poll. »» read article @downbeat.com