reviews: in a dream
#1: Best Vocal Jazz Album of the Year!
2009 Jazz Critics' Poll
—The Village Voice, NY
#4: The Top 10 Jazz Albums of 2009
Michael J. West, Washington City Paper
In a Dream: "a breakthrough project by a gifted, young singer..."
"with emotional depth, subtlety, and the kind of precise technical craft where even the breathing sounds matter.”
In a Dream #4 Top 10 Killer Covers
Jazz Times, December 2009
5 Top CD Picks
A Blog Supreme / NPR JAZZ, Patrick Jarenwattananon
"...her voice coos, breathy and wistful and pitch-perfect... she knows how to sculpt an arrangement.
For us jazz insider types, it's looking like her time has finally come; the jazz neophyte may wonder why it hasn't arrived earlier."
#6: Steve Greenlee's top jazz albums for 2009
The Boston Globe critics top 10 list, Steve Greenlee
Gretchen Parlato - In a Dream: "Whispering and breathing where other singers belt... Parlato nearly creates her own subgenre of jazz vocals."
#8: Critics Picks: Top 50 New Albums
#9: NPR's Best Music of 2009
The Year of Living Improvisationally, Josh Jackson
"Intimacy and shared sense of purpose yields stellar results on In a Dream, especially the duets with guitarist Lionel Loueke. Parlato has a commanding vocal control and rhythmic dexterity that's dynamic, even when she's breathy and gossamer."
#10 NPR's Best Music of 2009
The Year In Jazz, From WDUQ, Shaunna Morrison Machosky
"We can look forward to a bright future for this up-and-coming singer. It's refreshing to hear a contemporary voice that doesn't just take on the same old standards."