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Gretchen Parlato’s whispered, bittersweet vocals border on the mannered. But 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 – Herbie Hancock’s “Butterfly” and Simply Red’s “Holding Back the Years” define the parameters – but the songs are stretched out and stamped with Parlato’s unique musical personality. Taylor Eigsti delivers atmospheric Rhodes, Alan Hampton is on bass and either Mark Guiliana or Kendrick Scott on drums.

Gretchen Parlato

Live in NYC

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