Jazz singer Gretchen Parlato has released her new album Flor.
Named for the Portugese word for “flower,” Parlato’s new record is her tribute to the various genres of Brazilian music that have inspired her since she was a teenager. “This is music that I’ve always wanted to honor,” she said in a statement. “What I’m trying to find isn’t outside of myself. It’s not out of reach, it’s actually that internal revealing of what already exists.”
Flor also marks the debut of Parlato’s new quartet of the same name, featuring São Paulo guitarist (and musical director) Marcel Carmago, Rio de Janeiro percussionist Léo Costa and bassist/cellist Artyom Manukyan, who hails from Armenia.
The album opens with “É Preciso Perdoar,” which was popularized in 1973 by the late icon João Gilberto, but also includes compositions by Anita Baker (“Sweet Love”) and David Bowie (“No Plan”).
Flor is Parlato’s first release in eight years, following Live in NYC. Her absence is partly explained by the singer becoming a mother. “This project is a reflection of a time of putting myself aside and being completely present as a mom,” she said in a statement. “A role that’s so giving and selfless, and is a complete shift of focus. I’m finally able to find the balance between artistic creativity and nurturing motherhood.”
Stream Flor below: