Gretchen returns after a six-year focus on motherhood with Flor: a project celebrating her love and admiration for Brazilian music. Flor weaves new sonic textures of guitar, cello, and percussion/drums, exquisitely complementing the intensity and delicacies of Gretchen’s signature voice.
“In Portuguese, flor means flower. The title represents a blossoming, an opening, an offering, and a return.” says Gretchen. “Flor is the nostalgia of something familiar and the breath of something new. It’s detail, it’s listening; it’s rooted, yet growing and giving. It’s both simple and mysterious.” Gretchen continues, “My art has always reflected my life. These days, I’m finding the balance between artistic creativity and nurturing motherhood. My purpose now has both a higher and deeper meaning, and this project is a musical representation of that journey.”
Flor marks Gretchen’s momentous return during a period of extraordinary change in the music industry and the world. “We are all here now, seeking the balance of comfort and acceptance with the need for compassion, love, and drastic change. Flor represents our joy, our sorrow, our connection to nature, and our connection to each other. I am honored to share this music with the world, and am grateful to Edition Records for welcoming me to their family.”
Since the early 2000’s Gretchen Parlato has justly earned her reputation as one of the most inventive and mesmeric vocalists of her generation. Featured on over 85 albums, four as a leader, Gretchen received a Grammy Award nomination for Best Jazz Vocal Album for Live in NYC (2013) and a coveted 4.5 star review from Downbeat Magazine with the DVD hitting No. 1 on the iTunes best music video list. The Lost and Found (2011) received more than 30 national and international awards, including the Downbeat Jazz Critics Poll No.1 Vocal Album of 2011 and iTunes Vocal Jazz Album of the Year. Her 2009 sophomore release, In a Dream, was Jazz Times Critics Poll Vocal Album of 2009 and hailed by Billboard as “the most alluring jazz vocal album of 2009.”
Flor features the superb trio of Marcel Camargo on guitar, Artyom Manukyan on cello, and Léo Costa on percussion and drums, with special guests Gerald Clayton, Mark Guiliana, and legend Airto Moreira.
Photo Credit: Lauren Desberg