GRETCHEN PAR­LATO In a Dream (ObliqSound)

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Since winning the Th­elo­nious Monk In­ter­na­tional Jazz Vo­cals Com­pe­ti­tion in 2004, the daugh­ter of Al­bu­querque bassist David Par­lato has been skybound. In a Dream, her sec­ond al­bum, is a joy, buoyed not only by her vo­cal abil­i­ties and the song list but also be­cause of her choice of mu­si­cians: gui­tarist (and long­time col­lab­o­ra­tor) Lionel Loueke, pi­anist Aaron Parks, drum­mer Ken­drick Scott, and bassist Der­rick Hodge. “I Can’t Help It” fea­tures Par­lato’s liq­uid voice against Loueke’s per­cus­sion of gui­tar and mouth— the leader has a dis­tinc­tive, very rhyth­mic singing style, al­ter­nat­ing stac­cato and ro­man­tic-vi­brato word­ings. In the mid­dle sec­tion she aban­dons words, us­ing her lungs, throat, and tongue as a pure rhythm in­stru­ment. The more min­i­mal­is­tic “Within Me” has Par­lato’s breathy so­prano po­etry with Scott’s tick­ety per­cus­sion, a one-two bass pat­tern by Hodge, and Parks’ cre­atively pow­er­ful pi­ano wan­der­ings. The disc in­cludes songs by two jazz giants who have aided Par­lato’s ca­reer: “But­ter­fly” by Her­bie Han­cock and “E.S.P.” by Wayne Shorter. It’s good fun, on the lat­ter, hear­ing Par­lato so ably war­bling Miles Davis’ trum­pet part and Parks, on the Fender Rhodes, pay­ing trib­ute to Shorter’s tenor. Par­lato works her own lyrics on Robert Glasper’s “In a Dream.” Her word shap­ings here are warm, tune­ful, and free; her pro­nun­ci­a­tions del­i­cate and sexy; and her de­liv­ery again rhyth­mi­cally rich. — Paul Wei­de­man

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