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    My Three Would Be... Gretchen Parlato

    Every Week as part of Dani Elwell's "Sunday Afternoon Jazz," Dani asks notable personalities from all walks of life what their top three jazz tunes are.

    This week's “My Three…” belongs to the wonderfully talented Gretchen Parlato.  Her most recent album The Lost and Found is still getting play in many a jazz fans’ world.
    Her appearances on the Grammy winning The Mosaic Project from Terri Lyne Carrington and on Marcus Miller’s Renaissance, prove that she is an in-demand, unique vocalist.

    Gretchen Parlato….  Your three? 

    1) I Fall in Love Too Easily
    I adore this song!  Beautiful lyrics, melody, harmony..  Chet Baker's is the first rendition I heard, and it still remains one of my favorite versions.
    So simply stated and heartfelt.

    2) Spring is Here
    One of the most poignant lyrics I've ever heard, and as important as they are to the song. The Bill Evans trio version seems to be at the core of how this piece was reshaped into a jazz standard. This song captures the profound beauty in our moments of darkness.

    3) Lush Life

    This has to be the greatest jazz standard ever written!  Music and lyric are incredible, even more incredible that Billy Strayhorn was a teenager when he wrote it!
    I love the Johnny Hartman/Coltrane version, Ella, and Sarah's too.  This song is just so deep.  The lyric, melody and harmony could all stand so perfectly on their own, while the combination of all three is a complete masterpiece.

     






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