Gretchen Parlato: Come To Me


Come To Me


Gretchen Parlato (vocals)


Gretchen Parlato (self-released)

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Gretchen Parlato (vocals), Aaron Parks (piano), Lionel Loueke (guitar), Massimo Biolcati (bass),

Café (percussion)


Composed by Bjork


Recorded: New York?, December 2004


Rating: 85/100 (learn more)

Vocalist Gretchen Parlato has made quite a splash since she won first place in the Thelonious Monk Institute’s International Jazz Vocals Competition in 2004. In 2005, she released her first album as a leader, a self-titled disc featuring the talents of West African guitarist Lionel Loueke and pianist Aaron Parks, with repertoire ranging from Jobim to Shorter to Bjork. The bouncy “Come to Me,” a dance number from Bjork’s breakout album, Debut, becomes a samba with Parlato at the helm, and Loueke on nylon string guitar. The leader’s buttery vocals and horn-like scatting blend well with her ensemble and, by the time the tune has ended, it’s hard to imagine that “Come to Me” belongs to anyone but Parlato.

Reviewer: Brad Farberman

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