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Gretchen Parlato: The Lost and Found

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She can sound like morning rain, twilight fog, crashing waves or swirling snowflakes. But tranquil or stormy, dreamy or restive, eider-soft or hard as sleet, Gretchen Parlato remains the freshest and purest of contemporary vocalists. Arriving in the wake of her sophomore triumph, In a Dream, Parlato’s latest might simply be classified as a continued promise expectedly fulfilled. But The Lost and Found is an even fuller, more dynamically creative experience. The tightness of Parlato plus pianist Taylor Eigsti, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Kendrick Scott, occasionally augmented by saxophonist Dayna Stephens and bassist/guitarist Alan Hampton, is absolute. The overarching theme, as the title suggests, is the unpredictability of life and love and the need to embrace both unanticipated losses and unexpected surprises.

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