on 21 April 2012
I think that the follow up record "Lost & found" realises the potential apparent on this record and , of the two, is the one to choose. This earlier effort is no less enjoyable and includes some terrific tracks such as "I can't help it", "Within me", "Butterfly" and "Weak." The standout track is the brillian "On the other side" which absolutely nails this song and is totally infectious.
That said, there are a few moments where the results aren't quite as magical and "ESP" doesn't quite work as well as the jazz originals on the "Lost & found" release nor as successful as Herbie Hancock's "Butterfly" on this record. Ellington's "Azure" doesn't quite take off either but these reservations aside, Gretchen Parlato remains for me one of the most exciting jazz artists to arrive on the scene in the last couple of years after a period in the 2000's where alot of the new talent seemed a bit conservative. Backed by a very good band that includes Aaron Parks on piano, I think presents a brave redefining of what jazz vocals are now about and whilst I love the pop-savvy quality of this record, the follow up really fulfils the potential. That said, I am a big fan of this singer and would recommend both CD's unreservedly.