Parlato is a mid-career master whose emergence in the early aughts changed the course of jazz vocals 

— Andrew Gilbert, SF Classical Voice

Lean In —

Lean In vinyl is now available!

Gretchen Parlato
Lionel Loueke 
Lean In
on Edition Records 

66th grammy® awards nominee 

‘Lean In’ tells the story of 20 years of connection, inspiration and friendship between two musical soulmates.

This is really a record for the soul.

The very first duo recording from two musicians who have performed together for more than two decades, Lean In is all about healing, deep trust, love and family. In a time when warmth and compassion are needed more than ever before, both artists felt compelled to make a record sharing songs of inspiration, reflection, wonder and unity, with the title encouraging us to ‘lean in’ to ourselves and to those around us.


Best of 2023 - The Boston Globe

Gretchen Parlato & Lionel Loueke, Lean In Did any disc offer more pure pleasure, track by track, than this gem from the Benin-born guitarist Lionel Loueke and the American singer Gretchen Parlato?  Singing in English, Portuguese, and the indigenous Fon…
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"the dynamic duo often create rainforests of sonic wonder" - John Murph, Downbeat

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