The following year she joined Spalding again to collaborate on the double Grammy-winning Radio Music Society. Over the next two years, in addition to her own touring, Parlato appeared on recordings led by Stephens, Loueke, Joe Sanders, Marcus Miller, and Nilson Matta.
In 2013, Parlato released the live audio/video album Live in NYC, from a concert at Rockwood Hall the previous year. The program featured material from across her career. Parlato was accompanied by two trios. Eigsti played piano for both. Drummer Scott and bassist Burniss Earl Travis II comprised one rhythm section, while Parlato’s husband, drummer Mark Giuliana, and bassist Hampton made up the other. The set spent six weeks on the jazz albums charts and peaked at 12. Parlato had a child in 2015, returned to Los Angeles, and retreated from making records for the next six years. She did, however, make occasional recorded guest appearances, including contributions to Shai Maestro’s The Stone Skipper, Nate Smith’s Kinfolk: Postcards from Everywhere, Joel Ross’ Kingmaker, and Keiko Matsui’s Echo.
Parlato also assembled a new international quartet. Based in L.A. it included Brazilian guitarist Marcel Camargo (Michael Bublé, Herb Alpert), Brazilian drummer/percussionist Léo Costa (Sergio Mendes, Bébel Gilberto), and Armenian cellist Artyom Manukyan (Melody Gardot, Kamasi Washington). This group entered the studio in late 2019 and early 2020 with Giuliana, pianist Gerald Clayton, and Airto Moreira in guest roles. They emerged with Flor, produced by the singer and issued by Edition in February 2021. The nine-song set offered originals — including first single “Wonderful” — and covers including Anita Baker’s Sweet Love” and “É Preciso Perdoar.” Composed by Carlos Coqueijo and Alcyvando Luz, it was a popular early-70s vehicle for João Gilberto, the very singer whose voice had moved the 13-year-old Parlato to become a musician.
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