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Backatcha! by Walter Beasley

Acclaimed vocalist Gretchen Parlato presents an ambitious follow-up to 2009's In a Dream with The Lost and Found, a smorgasbord of vocal jazz styling over a diverse set of tracks. Along with associate producer Robert Glasper, Parlato reaches far and wide with the aid of a first rate band. Pianist Taylor Eigsti, bassist Derrick Hodge and drummer Kendrick Scott create ultra-hip grooves while maintaining a sensitive rapport with Parlato's soft-spoken approach. Bassist Alan Hampton—who does a convincing turn on acoustic guitar and background vocals on "Still"—and saxophonist Dayna Stephens add to the disc's contemporary flair.

along with pop covers such as Simply Red's "Holding Back the Years" and Mary J. Blige's "All That I Can Say," The fifteen track disc includes a handful of impressive Parlato originals, most notably the sensual, R & B flavored "Better Than," with light-as-air phrasing and hypnotic syncopated rim shots from Scott. A fondness for Brazilian music is heard on a cover of Paulinho's "Alo Alo," with a dance-like vocal line over multiple percussion parts, all performed by Parlato. Wayne Shorter's classic jazz waltz "Juju" stands out strong with Parlato's original lyrics and Stephens' soaring tenor sax.

An in demand artist, having recorded with the likes of Terence Blanchard and Esperanza Spalding, Parlato is on her way to becoming a mainstay in the field of jazz vocalists. The Lost and Found is sure to add to her growing allure.

Additional Info

  • Artist / Group Name: Walter Beasley
  • CD Title: Backatcha!
  • Genre: Contemporary Jazz / Modern
  • Year Released: 2010
  • Record Label: Shanachie Ent. Corp.
  • Rating: Four Stars
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