Album: Gretchen Parlato, The Lost and Found (Obliqsound)
Sunday 19 June 2011
Unlikely as it seems, Simply Red's "Holding Back the Years" has now provoked two very successful jazz versions – Jimmy Scott's tearjerker and the excellent opener to this, nu-jazz diva Parlato's latest album.
Co-produced with the pianist Robert Glasper, it's a mixed bag, with Parlato singing her own lyrics to tunes by a variety of composers, including Wayne Shorter and Miles Davis. What works best is the pop, with Lauryn Hill's gorgeous "All That I Can Say" a stand-out.
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