Recorded live at Rockwood Music Hall in December 2012, Gretchen Parlato 'Live in NYC' features repertoire from the Jazz chanteuse's critically acclaimed albums, 'The Lost and Found' and 'In a Dream'. The release also contains a bonus DVD of video footage from the performance.
After the success of her last studio album 'The Lost and Found', Gretchen Parlato releases her first live album on CD and DVD. The celebrated singer explains the process behind this album which she produced herself:
"I've always wanted to capture and share the magical energy, connection, and interaction of a live performance, singing with Taylor Eigsti, Alan Hampton, Burniss Earl Travis, Mark Guiliana, and Kendrick Scott has uplifted and inspired me, each of them supporting and challenging me as a singer.
Over these years of touring together, two specific bands have stood out to me: Taylor-Alan-Mark, and Taylor-Burniss-Kendrick. Each band has their own unique dynamic and approach to the music. I knew I had to feature both on this live CD/DVD."
Personnel: Gretchen Parlato (voice, percussion), Taylor Eigsti (piano, keyboard), Alan Hampton, Burniss Earl Travis II (bass, voice), Mark Guiliana, Kendrick Scott (drums)
"A jazz singer unlike any other." - MOJO
"There's a depth to her songs and a rightness about their melodic twists that holds the attention" - Evening Standard
"One of the most dreamily mellifluous tones in jazz." - Jazzwise
(5 stars) There's something special about Gretchen Parlato. The very opposite of diva, she's a bass-player's daughter who prefers depth to histrionics. Pay attention or you might miss her subtle changes in timing and note selection. With little apparent effort, her small, pure voice creates a distilled intensity that leaves ever more fans hoping to find her latest release under their Christmas tree. --Evening Standard, (Jack Massarik), December 6, 2013
(4 stars) This is not just a must for Gretchen Parlato fans (a fast-growing group) but for all admirers of cool Latin and jazz singing improv...It's a gem of a session. --The Guardian, (John Fordham), November 29, 2013
(4 stars) Parlato and her hip New York sidemen adventurously redefine what small-group jazz can sound like...A gorgeous album. --The Times, (John Bungey), November 23, 2013
(4 stars) Each note breathes steely resolve and each breath is perfectly placed over the paired-down beats of her outstanding band...The repertoire is classic 60s jazz mixed with classy pop. --Financial Times, (Mike Hobart), November 30, 2013
(4 stars) Parlato uses her soft, supple voice like a horn, though without ever loosing grasp of lyrics and meaning. In particular, her habit of repeating her own lines until they blur into mesmerizing rhythmic phrases brilliantly flirts with serialism and abstraction without ever falling in. --The Irish Times, (Cormac Larkin), December 27, 2013