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release date March 5, 2021

Gretchen Parlato - Renaissance in Bloom

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. Through the nine tracks on her new album Flor  (Edition),  Parlato speaks to the personal transformation that inspired this career hiatus. » READ ARTICLE

  "It's an awakening, a blossoming..." 
Gretchen Parlato
—Back in Full Bloom 

...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.  

—Peter Quinn, Jazzwise Magazine

Albums of the Year 2021 — the Arts Desk

"Highlights in jazz include a welcome return as leader by Gretchen Parlato, whose Flor presented a sublime synthesis of Brazilian music, originals, judiciously reworked R&B and more, with the casting of Roy Hargrove’s “Roy Allan” as a mesmerising samba a…

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Gretchen Parlato: ‘Flor’ —Jazziz Magazine

Flor has been touted as vocalist Gretchen Parlato’s Brazilian-inspired project, and that’s true enough. But don’t expect a series of breezy bossa novas. The 45-year singer/composer has routinely strived for next-level creativity, and Flor (“flower” in Portuguese) is no exception…

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Gretchen Parlato FLOR — Stereo Magazine, DE

Album of the Month
"There it is again, this enchanting voice between breaths and whispers,
with an amenable range,
but enchanting naturalness...

She enjoys phrasing just under the beat, using her breath rhythmically and creating tension for her musicians, who…

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Gretchen Parlato: Flor — JazzTimes Magazine

"Parlato offers a more introspective approach. Her singing delves into a song’s rhythms and harmonies as well as its lyrics, rearranging each pillar into her own vision"

Back in the late ’00s, vocalist and composer Gretchen Parlato seemed poised to…

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Gretchen Parlato Flor — All Music

Flor is a masterpiece... a welcome and profound return. Parlato and her collaborators dig under and through stylistic and genre conventions, then emerge with a jazz language of their own that embraces the world's sounds and emotions, and translates them

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Gretchen Parlato's 'Flor' - Jazz FM's Album of the Week

Gretchen Parlato has returned, not only to the recording industry but to herself, with her new Brazilian-inspired project, Flor. Portuguese for “flower”, Flor is the artistic embodiment of the GRAMMY-nominated singer’s deep dive into motherhood over the last six years…

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10 Albums You Need to Know

JAZZIZ MAGAZINE, by Matt Micucci

Gretchen Parlato, Flor (Edition)  
Release date: March 5

Gretchen Parlato returns after a six-year hiatus with a new Brazilian-inspired project, Flor, with musical direction by Marcel Camargo and featuring guests Mark Guiliana, Gerald Clayton and…

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