Otis Brown III & Gretchen Parlato Become 'One'


Known for his work with such luminaries as Esperanza Spalding, Joe Lavano and Terence Blanchard, drummer Otis Brown III is striking out on his own with a project that is assuredly shaping up to be a memorable assortment of all things percussive and jazzy. We first got wind of Brown's debut venture by way of his collaboration with good friend and SoulBounce favorite Bilal on the album's title track, "The Thought of You - Part. 1," and now coming out to play from the set is a lovely re-work of Shania Twain's 1997 hit, "You're Still The One."

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Featuring Gretchen Parlato on vocal duties, one of country-pop's biggest hits is wrapped up snug as a bug in Parlato's coos and Brown's feather fluttering drum strokes, with Robert Glasper's recognizable ivory tinkling as an added flourish. As someone who danced many a middle school dance to Twain's original, hearing this favored slice of nostalgia cast in a soothing jazz light was a pleasant surprise and has me quite anxious for the other aural treasures that will be unveiled when The Thought of You arrives September 23rd.

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