If I can be totally honest for a moment, I really resisted Gretchen Parlato at first. I’m aware that I have an unhealthy obsession with old school, torch burning, broadway-esque jazz singers and Gretchen Parlato is not that. Her sound is revolutionary, soft, measured, unlike anyone else. It’s no wonder people are saying “Gretchen Parlato has redefined how a generation views vocal jazz.”
Slowly, over the last several months, I’ve been working to break my broadway walls down a little and let Gretchen Parlato in. I’m really glad I did. The Lost and Found combines everything I love about Jill Scott, Bobby McFerrin, Cassandra Wilson, Feist, and so many other beautiful singers. This album is unique and heartfelt and I’m embarrassed it’s taken me so long to appreciate it.
Listen to Better Than in the video below. It’s a slow-jam style song written by Parlato. Click here to buy Gretchen Parlato’s The Lost and Found.
This has been in my headphones // 06, a blog feature about albums that influence me. You can also check out the last post in this series, in my headphones: nancy king live at jazz standard with fred hersch // 05.