B i o g r a p h y
 (by Official Press)

Gretchen Parlato's 2009 sophomore breakthrough, In a Dream, signaled the arrival of an incredibly inventive modern jazz singer. Her follow-up, The Lost and Found, demonstrates that she has staying power. In a Dream garnered international acclaim with Billboard magazine hailing it as "the most alluring jazz vocal album of 2009"; it also made it onto the top year-end polls for Jazz Times, the Boston Globe, the Village Voice and NPR. The Lost and Found shows immediate weight and intensity, exposing a greater dynamic range. "I feel like I stepped out of my own way and allowed myself to be more revealing and vulnerable through the music," reflects Parlato. Revealing a seamless, crystalline, and more importantly, personal voice, Parlato says that the overall theme of The Lost and Found is about accepting opposition and embracing the ebbs and flows of life. "One day we may think we've found all the answers, and then something suddenly happens that makes us feel completely lost as though nothing makes sense. This is life. Accepting that we are always in transition without attaching a judgment to the experience is freeing. We are always the lost and found."

An alumni of the Thelonious Monk Institute, Parlato has been turning heads ever since she won the 2004 Thelonious Monk Institute International Vocal Competition with which she displayed a musical individuality loaded with paradoxical powers. Her sultry, intriguing voice and unique, rhythmically agile phrasing came with inescapable centripetal force; the more intimate and understated she sang, the more she drew listeners in. Since then she has toured worldwide to sold out audiences with BBC Radio proclaiming, "Star over London...A star is born!" Her originality captivates musicians as well, prompting invitations to appear on over 50 recordings with the likes of Terence Blanchard, Kenny Barron, Terri Lynn Carrington and Esperanza Spalding. Her breathtaking performances have been captured on television in Europe and Japan and she has become a sought after clinician on vocal styling. On her third disc, Parlato surrounds herself with a collective of kindred spirits whose tight knit sound has been cultivated through years of performing and recording together. She marshaled GRAMMY nominated pianist Taylor Eigsti, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Kendrick Scott as her main band mates with guest appearances from tenor saxophonist Dayna Stephens and bassist, Alan Hampton, who makes a stellar turn featured as a singer and guitarist. Leaders in their own right, this band is among the most heralded of a young, new wave in jazz. "I adore these musicians, not only for what they do, but also for who they are," Parlato says. "We couldn't have had a more supportive, productive energy recording this album." That energy allowed her to reach subliminal musical heights; one that truly engages in delightful, often adventurous musical conversations that tickle the mind, warms the heart and moves the body. "They all contributed so much to the project, in the end it truly felt like a collaborative effort."

"Collaborative effort" is no overstatement. The Lost and Found sees Parlato emerging as a thoughtful composer and lyricist. In fact, she wrote lyrics to several compositions such as Eigsti's haunting "Without a Sound;" trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire's plaintive "Henya," and Stephens' suspenseful title track. In a duet on Hampton's "Still," Gretchen's gentle musing about compassion and forgiveness is made more poignant by his raw vocals. "Alan created such a meditative and deceptively simple groove I wanted to write lyrics that were like a mantra. Something that in its repetition becomes extremely powerful. What better theme than love?" She also composed the music and wrote the lyrics for the evocative bossa-nova tinged, "Winter Wind," the hopeful "How We Love," the sensual "Better Than" and the hypnotic "Circling" that contains verses that typify the entire disc's meditations on light and darkness. "'Circling' plays with the idea of cycles in our lives," explains Parlato. "The ones we have no control over like birth and death as opposed to the cycles we do control, behavior patterns that we get ourselves into." Pianist and GRAMMY nominated composer Robert Glasper came on board as associate producer. "I love working with Robert, not only in composing, but in reharmonizing and arranging. There is such an immense love and respect between all of the musicians and Robert knows exactly what to do and say to keep everyone inspired." On The Lost and Found, Parlato further develops her knack for reinventing intriguing R&B songs with her daring yet delectable makeover of "All That I Can Say," a Mary J. Blige tune, penned by Lauryn Hill, and Simply Red's "Holding Back the Years." The latter track, which serves as the album's opener, begins with Scott laying down an infectious R&B groove. Glasper can be heard in the background, vibing to the beat as the music quickly fades into the full ensemble (recorded by Parlato on her iPhone during a rehearsal).

With both tracks, Parlato and her band retain the soulful essence of the songs while steering far enough so that they don't delve into treacle mimicry. "Gretchen doesn't try to be anything she's not. Every remake is an honest one," Glasper says. "She's always herself." The disc also features the jaunty "Me and You," from singer/songwriter Josh Mease and a sterling Glasper/Parlato rearrangement of Bill Evans' "Blue in Green" with lyrics by Meredith D'Ambrosio. Gretchen Parlato is on an exploration, which leads the conversation among the band and makes for unexpected treasures. Inspired by Wayne Shorter, one of her mentors, she wrote lyrics to his classic '60s jazz composition "Juju." The interaction between Gretchen and saxophonist Stephens showcases her ability to use her voice as an instrument-blending with the horn while adding counterpoints. On "Without A Sound," her haunting vocals seem to add another dimension to the remarkably textured harmony already created by Hodge layering 3 parts using only his electric bass. And on one of the disc's most revealing moments, the singer shows her love for Brazilian music on Paulinho da Viola's "Alo Alo." A solo rendition, Parlato layers all of the percussion and sings all the vocals. With The Lost and Found, Parlato has delivered a powerful testament to the beauty of space and simplicity. "I've become more interested in finding not only a higher, but a deeper level and connection in music. And this seems to be done by shedding everything, and getting right to the heart and core."




Gretchen Parlato
- 2005-07-11 -



Skylark
Flor De Lis
Come To Me
Nonvignon
Ela E Carioca
Chega De Saudade
Benny'
s Tune
Juju/Footprints
 


In A Dream
- 2009-08-25 -



I Can't Help It
Within Me
Butterfly
In A Dream
Doralice
Turning Into Blue
Esp (Instrumental)
Azure
On The Other Side

Weak


 

The Lost And Found
- 2011-04-05 -



Holding Back The Years
Winter Wind
How We Love
Juju
Still
Better Than
Alô, Alô
Circling
Henya
In A Dream Remix
All That I Can Say
Me And You
Blue In Green
The Lost And Found
Without A Sound

Non Albums Tracks
- Misc -

Clouds
Journey


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Gretchen Parlato

Skylark

Have you anything to say to me
Won't you tell me where my love can be
Is there a meadow in the mist
Where someone's waiting to be kissed

Skylark
Have you seen a valley green with spring
Where my heart can go a journeying
Over the shadows and the rain
To a blossom covered lane

And in your lonely flight
Haven't you heard the music in the night
Wonderful music, faint as a will o' the wisp
Crazy as a loon, sad as a gypsy serenading the moon
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Oh skylark
I don't know if you can find these things
But my heart is riding on your wings
So if you see them anywhere
Won't you lead me there

Oh skylark
I don't know if you can find these things
But my heart is riding on your wings
So if you see them anywhere
Won't you lead me there

Flor De Lis

Valei me deus, e o fim do nosso amor
Perdoa por favor, eu sei que o erro acconteceu
Mas nao sei o que fez tudo mudar de vez
Onde foi que eu errei
Eu so sei que amei, que amei, que amei, que amei
Sera talvez, que minha ilusao
Foi dar meu coracao com toda forca
Pra essa moca me fazer feliz
E o destino nao quis
Me ver como raiz de uma flor de lis
E foi assim que eu vi nosso amor na poeira poeira
Morto na beleza fria de maria
E o de jardim da vida ressecou, morreu
Do que brotou maria ne magarida nasseu

Come To Me

Come to me
I'll take care of you
Protect you
Calm, calm down
You're exhausted
Come lie down
You don't have to explain
I understand
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
You know
That I adore you
You know
That I love you.
So don't make me say it
It would burst the bubble
Break the charm

Jump off
Your building's on fire
And I'll catch you, I'll catch you
Destroy all that is keeping you down
And then i'll nurse you
I'll nurse you
I'll touch you

You know
That I adore you
You know
That I love you.
So don't make me say it
It would burst the bubble
Break the charm.

Nonvignon

Ah ah minsiamin mi wor nonvi
Agbé didi lan minsin m'bior nao

Ayo aya (o wayo)
Eyo aya (o oa)
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Nin omou wood nonvi léa gbéamin
Noussianou ké mahu wonao
N'gba sò dangbé oh

Ayo aya (o wayo)
Eyo aya (o oa)

Ela é Carioca

Ela é carioca
Ela é carioca

Basta o jeitinho dela andar
Nem ninguém tem carinho assim para dar
Eu vejo na luz dos seus olhos
As noites do Rio ao luar

Vejo a mesma luz
Vejo o mesmo céu
Vejo o mesmo mar

Ela é meu amor, só me vê a mim
A mim que vivi para encontrar

Na luz do seu olhar
A paz que sonhei
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Só sei que sou louco por ela
E pra mim ela é linda demais
E além do mais

Ela é carioca
Ela é carioca

Só sei que sou louco por ela
E pra mim ela é linda demais
E além do mais

Ela é carioca
Ela é carioca

Chega de saudade

Vai, minha tristeza
E diz a ela que sem ela não pode ser
Diz lhe numa prece que ela regresse
Porque eu não posso mais sofrer
Chega de saudade, a realidade
É que sem ela não há paz, não há beleza
É só tristeza, e a melancolia
Que não sai de mim, não sai de mim, não sai
Mas se ela voltar, se ela voltar
Que coisa linda, que coisa louca
Pois há menos peixinhos a nadar no mar
Do que os beijinhos que eu darei na sua boca
Dentro dos meus braços os abraços
Hão de ser milhões de abraços apertado assim
Colado assim, calado assim
Abraços e beijinhos e carinhos sem ter fim
Que é pra acabar com esse negócio
De viver longe de mim
Não quero mais esse negócio
De você viver assim
Vamos deixar desse negócio
De você viver sem mim

Juju/Footprints

When the wind blows
Sounds of yellows all around
Feel you're flying
But you haven't left the ground
Why search for gold
When silver's in front of you
Look to your heart
And you'll find the truth
His footprints will lead us to find
Our own voices in our own time

In A Dream

I Can't Help It

Looking in my mirror
Took me by surprise
I can't help but see you
Running often through my mind

Helpless like a baby
Sensual disguise
I can't help but love you
It's getting better all the time
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I can't help it if I wanted to
I wouldn't help it even if I could
I can't help it if I wanted to
I wouldn't help it, no

I can't help it if I wanted to
I wouldn't help it even if I could
I can't help it if I wanted to
I wouldn't help it, no, no, no, no

Love to run my fingers
Softly while you sigh
Love came and possessed you
Bringing sparkles to your eyes

Like a trip to heaven
Heaven is the prize
And I'm so glad I found you
You're an angel in disguise

I can't help it if I wanted to
I wouldn't help it even if I could
I can't help it if I wanted to
I wouldn't help it, no

I can't help it if I wanted to
I wouldn't help it even if I could
I can't help it if I wanted to
I wouldn't help it, no…

Within Me

Just like a small ghost in a box
Full of thought, full of laughs, oh full of tears
Full of love, full of hopes, full of fears

Just like a blue fish in a tank
I can swim, i can dance all day long
In my tank, in my private sea
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I've got my sun, my clouds, my rain
I've got lakes, I've got high mountains to climb
Within me, within me, within me

High trees, tall boulders bow at me
Apes and snakes eat in the palm of my hand
In my world, in my harmony

But when you walk through the door
My sun, my clouds, my rain leave me
But when your dark eyes hit mine
My deep green jungle fades away

Butterfly

Precious day
Lights your way
Rest your wings
Stay awhile

You're the sun
In my sky
Butterfly

You don't know the peace you bring
You show me the secrets and the ways
To love every moment of the day
And flowers you kiss all come to light
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Soaring wings
Rainbow waves
Touch my mind
Be so fine

When you're gone
People cry
Butterfly

Precious day
Lights your way
Rest your wings
Stay awhile

You're the sun
In my sky
Butterfly

You don't know the peace you bring
You show me the secrets and the ways
To love every moment of the day
And flowers you kiss all come to light

To give all the love we knew
To see all the light that we can see
And teach all the children not to lie
And maybe one day we'll fly

To give all the love we knew
To see all the light that we can see
And teach all the children not to lie
And maybe one day we'll fly

In A Dream

Lost in you or lost in me
I'm tossed into this endless sea
I'm lost in a dream
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Is it you or is it me
Can't help but want this fantasy
I'm lost in a dream

Helplessly sinking
And hopeless when thinking
Our love is more than moments
Fading to memories

Thoughts of you drift far from me
I'm drowning in my endless sea
I'm lost in a dream

Is it you or is it me
It's cost my heart just let me be
Lost in a dream

Doralice

( Joao Gilberto )

Doralice eu bem que te disse
Amar é tolice, é bobagem, ilusão
Eu prefiro viver tão sozinho
Ao som do lamento do meu violão

Doralice eu bem que te disse
Olha essa embrulhada em que vou me meter
Agora amor, Doralice meu bem
Como é que nós vamos fazer

Doralice eu bem que te disse
Amar é tolice, é bobagem, ilusão
Eu prefiro viver tão sozinho
Ao som do lamento do meu violão
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Doralice eu bem que te disse
Olha essa embrulhada em que vou me meter
Agora amor, Doralice meu bem
Como é que nós vamos fazer

Um belo dia você me surgiu
Eu quis fugir mas você insistiu
Alguma coisa bem que andava me avisando
Até parece que eu estava adivinhando

Eu bem que não queria me casar contigo
Bem que não queria enfrentar esse perigo Doralice
Agora você tem que me dizer
Como é que nós vamos fazer

Doralice eu bem que te disse
Amar é tolice, é bobagem, ilusão
Eu prefiro viver tão sozinho
Ao som do lamento do meu violão

Doralice eu bem que te disse
Olha essa embrulhada em que vou me meter
Agora amor, Doralice meu bem
Como é que nós vamos fazer

Doralice eu bem que te disse
Amar é tolice, é bobagem, ilusão
Eu prefiro viver tão sozinho
Ao som do lamento do meu violão

Doralice eu bem que te disse
Olha essa embrulhada em que vou me meter
Agora amor, Doralice meu bem
Como é que nós vamos fazer

Um belo dia você me surgiu
Eu quis fugir mas você insistiu
Alguma coisa bem que andava me avisando
Até parece que eu estava adivinhando

Eu bem que não queria me casar contigo
Bem que não queria enfrentar esse perigo Doralice
Agora você tem que me dizer
Como é que nós vamos fazer

Turning Into Blue

Moments gone then on and into the sea
All of this is more than just you and me
What I try to hold just slips from my hand
What I think I know I don't understand

Turning into blue
On and on and on and on

Open eyes and realize who you are
Let it be then peace won't be very far
Life is but a dream we wake at the end
Only just to smile then live it again

Turning into blue
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Sea and sky and you and i are as one
When you think you're through you've only begun
Like the endless waves belong to the sea
All of this is more than just you and me

Turning into blue

Azure

Drifting, dreaming
In an Azure mood
Stardust gleaming
Through my solitude
Here in my seclusion
You're a blue illusion
While I'm in this Azure interlude
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I'm not wanted
I'm so all alone
Always haunted
By the dreams I own
But, though Im tormented
I must be contented
Drifting, dreaming
In an Azure mood

Weak

I don't know what it is that you've done to me
But it's caused me to act in such a crazy way
Whatever it is that you do when you do what you're doing
It's a feeling that I want to stay

'Cause my heart starts beating triple time
With thoughts of loving you on my mind
I can't figure out just what to do
When the cause and cure is you
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I get so weak in the knees I can hardly speak
I lose all control and something takes over me
In a daze, your love's so amazing, it's not a phase
I want you to stay with me, by my side
I swallow my pride, your love is so sweet
It knocks me right off of my feet
I can't explain why your loving makes me weak

It's Time after time after time I've tried to fight it
But your love is strong it keeps on holding on
Resistance is down when you're around, starts fading
In my condition I don't want to be alone

I try hard to fight it
No way can I deny it
Your love's so sweet
It knocks me off my feet

I get so weak
Blood starts racing through my veins
I get so weak
Boy it's something I can't explain
I get so weak
Something 'bout the way you do
The things you do ooh ooh, it
Knocks me right off of my feet
Off of my feet
Can't explain why your loving makes me weak

The Lost And Found

Holding Back The Years

Holding back the years
Thinking of the fear I've had for so long
When somebody hears
Listen to the fear that's gone

Holding back the years
Chance for me to escape from all I've known
Holding back the tears
‘Cause nothing here has grown
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on

I've wasted all my tears
Wasted all those years
And nothing had the chance to be good
Nothing ever could

And I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on
I'll keep holding on

Winter Wind

He was a winter wind
She was a summer flower
She'll blossom and re-begin
He'll blow her away
And fall into April showers

This street that we walk upon
Leading us to tomorrow
Holds past dreams all come undone
With love in our hearts,
We step into all our sorrow
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Floating up beyond the moon
Falling down will come too soon
Land upon a weeping willow

If it's all just meant to be
Let its branches cradle me
Hold me close, oh weeping willow tree

Now is the time of your life to hold on

How We Love

Whisper of a breeze upon a summer day
And I cannot say where all the time goes
Followed by the shadows of our yesterdays
But they've gone away
And leave us all to find out
Who we are inside our minds
And you decide it's time to change
Slowing down
Creates such a beautiful melody
Sounds up in the sky all realize
That you and I will go on and on
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
And oh, how you love me
And oh, how we love

Juju

When the wind blows
Sounds of yellows all around

Feel you're flying
But you haven't left the ground

Why search for gold
When silver's in front of you

Look to your heart
And you'll find the truth
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
His footprints will lead us to find
Our own voices in our own time

Still

Even if you said goodbye
Even if a dream may die
Even when my life is through
No matter what you say or do

Even if it makes me cry
Even if I don't know why
Even when things fall apart
Even if you break my heart

Even when I feel alone
Even if I had no home
‘Til my fears have gone away
Let it go and come what may
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Through my joy and through my pain
Like the sun that follows rain
No beginning and no end
Love, so love comes back again

I still love

Better Than

This precious heart
Broken apart
Just leave it there and let it go
‘Cause all I know's
There's nothing better than

How it keeps beating
It keeps repeating
A blessing in disguise
Dry my eyes and realize
There's something better than

Try to find all the beauty you have inside
‘Cause the truth in love will survive
Tell me how can it end
If it hasn't a chance to begin
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
‘Cause we're blind
By the darkness of in between
Moving through you into a dream
There's a sky full of stars,
So just be who you are
Who you are

Alô, Alô

Alô, alô
Sou eu
Morrendo de saudades de você
Quero dizer
Quero dizer
Que não posso mais sofrer
Se eu errei fui castigado
Assim é que não pode ser
Longe de você
Abandonado
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Pelas ruas da cidade
Três dias de saudade
O meu peito suportou
Agora ouvindo a sua voz
Eu sinto que entre nós
Tudo recomeçou
English translation:

Hello, hello
It's me
Missing you terribly
I want to say that I can't go on suffering
If i made a mistake, I've been punished
It can't go on this way
Being far from you understand

Through the city streets
Three days away from you
My heart withstood
Now hearing your voice
I feel that, between us
Everything has started again
 

Circling

Just like the earth revolves around the sun
Our life's in circles, never to be done
But all those dreams that circle in your mind
Aren't what they seem,
So let them fall behind

‘Cause when you think you've lost you've won
You've found another chance
To see the sun and be done

Stop wishing on so many stars above
All that you've done
Just comes from wanting love
What if we'd met some other place in time
There'd still be rain,
There'd still be sun to shine
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Your happiness to give away
Is so much more
Than all the games they play
So be done

Blowing away
I'm just pretending
Close my eyes
For today's the perfect ending

Henya

Into the blue of me and you
Where quietly I'm torn in two
What is the sound within your mind
It's only space and time
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
A moonlit night, a star filled sky
Their silence is a lullaby
So close your eyes and fall into
The blue of me and you

In A Dream Remix

Helplessly sinking
And hopeless when thinking
Our love is more than moments
Fading to memories
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Memories...

All That I Can Say

Loving you is wonderful
Something like a miracle
Rest assured I feel the same way you do
Meeting you isn't hard
With you I can let down my guard
Stay secure that's all I'm asking you

I wish that I had words to tell
This feeling that I know so well, but I don't

I've always been curious
Meeting someone serious
Looking for someone who loves like me
But the day I stopped my search
Seems that you were put on earth
To show me everything I couldn't see
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
I wish that I could find a way
To tell you how I felt that day, but I can't

All that I can say

Knowing him, loving him
Showing him that I'm all in
Living and forgiving him
I would do it all again
Genuine seraphim
Sweeter than cinnamon
Heaven sent gentleman
Synonyms for loving him

Me And You

Walking away from places we knew
Both wondering what will happen
To me and you
Watching the clouds for traces of grey
Both hoping sunshine leads us
To me and you
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Clouds this grey won't spoil our day
If raindrops fall we'll count them all

Blue In Green

Hues of blue and green surround me
Knowing you have found another love
Has turned my world to sorrow
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Green with envy for another
Fearing she may be the one
To soar through life with you

Can't lose these hues of blue in green

The Lost And Found

I don't know if I'm lost or found
In this world
Time's floating all around
Moments here soon blow away
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Think I've found everything
Only then to realize it's only in my mind
Awaken just to find I'm losing my way

Or have I found this precious life
This amazing journey

We are always the lost and found

Without A Sound

All of the love she's borrowed
Will disappear tomorrow
And leave without a sound
Yet stillness is its own melody
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
Passing through every feeling
Unraveling, revealing
A long and winding road
Oh, don't you know it's only a dream
Believe in everything

Non Albums Tracks

Clouds

( Massimo Biolcati LP )

Up above, beyond the blue
Into the distant clouds
Are shapes of you
Like rays of light
Illuminate my heart
So heavenly
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
But, shadows now are threatening
They paint a blackened sky
Hope's wandering
Uncertainty
That this will never be

I'm waiting, wanting, longing
For a chance to love
A chance to be
The only one your heart could ever need

But so it seems
That this is all a dream
Imagine how we'd share the sky...

Journey

( Kendrick Scott "The Source" LP )

She's dreaming of the sea
And she's drifting away
From all her memories on land
I'm always on the run and I hate copy paste for god's sake
He's waiting at the shore
But he's sinking
Calls out for her over and over again

Each one of them
In a dream
He'll follow
She'll lead him to nowhere

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