Vocalist Gretchen Parlato was the first ever vocalist to be admitted to the Thelonious Monk Institute of Jazz Performance. In A Dream is a 10 song EP released in 2009 and features some of her best work. A recent album Live in NYC released in 2013 features some of her In A Dream songs.
“LIVE, was the product of a special show at The Troubadour in Los Angeles, the same venue where my father recorded Donny Hathaway Live. That night changed me. It was total exposure for me. There were moments during the making of that record… on that day… in that room… on that stage… where I felt like I needed to detach. I had to hide. What I was experiencing was so intense and unchartered I wasn’t sure what was going to happen to me when I really engaged. That was the moment I stopped hiding myself. I realised I was stepping into a light. I was literally and figuratively, taking a step into a new place, a new space where I could no longer hide. The record is not perfect. I didn’t fix every little thing and that was liberating. I submitted myself to the truth of the moment.”
The creation of Manj took place over a 2 year period. The resulting track list is a reflection of the ongoing evolution of our creative pallets over that period. Manj was recorded at the UC Santa Cruz Electronic Music Studios and CalArts Dizzy Gillespie Studio, then mastered at Waterland Studios in Venice, Italy.