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Songbook of the Américas is now available at CDBaby.comAmazon.com, and iTunes

Here are some of the things reviewers are saying about the new CD:
“Vocalist Kat Parra is arguably the ideal ambassador to map a musical tour of the Americas… her transcontinental journey is impressively expansive.”
JazzTimes by Christopher Loudon (July, 2016 Issue, pg. 70)

“Parra shows that she is a remarkable interpreter not only of Jazz, but of the dramatically different Latin idioms… As a vocalist Kat Parra is vivid and bright. Her music gleams with vitality and brilliance of invention and this shines forth in the strongest and most appealing musical colours in this recording.”
World Music Report by Raul da Gama:
 http://worldmusicreport.com/reviews/cds/kat-parra-songbook-americas/

“The voice is an instrument. And Kat Parra is a virtuoso… There’s an organic flow to Parra’s singing style that captivates.”
Pop Culture Classics by Paul Freeman:  http://popcultureclassics.com/deja.html

Always adventurous yet simultaneously wholly accessible, Kat Parra is a highly talented and very gifted musician.”
Jazz Mostly: http://jazzmostly.com/jazz-and-other-cd-reviews-early-april-2016

“Parra’s style is strong, sensitive and most of all accessible. Kat Parra wrote, performs on, and co-arranged many of the songs on this special musical journey that spans several musical styles with an adventurous spirit and cultural influences.”
AXS Entertainment by Paula Edelstein: LA Music Examiner: http://www.examiner.com/review/jazz-vocalist-kat-parra-pays-tribute-to-female-composers

Parra nails her bebop credentials in Wouldn’t It Be Sweet, an outstanding delivery of original lyrics, vocalese & scatting on Charlie Parker’s Au Privave.”
BeBop Spoken Here: http://lance-bebopspokenhere.blogspot.com/2016/04/cd-review-kat-parra-songbook-of-americas.html#more

“Songbook of the Americas is superb fun with splendid arrangements and sublime musical performances. Kat Parra, with Murray Low and other arrangers, have crafted an album of amazing traditional pieces, reframed within a Jazz setting, and delivered with exquisite virtuosity and passion.” The Jazz Owl by Travis Rogers, Jr.
http://travisrogersjr.weebly.com/music-reviews

 

Voted Best Latin Jazz Vocalist by the Latin Jazz Corner in 2008 and 2010

Azucar de Amor Nominated for 2008 Latin Jazz Album of the Year by the Jazz Journalists Association

“Parra is a jazz singer with a musical sensibility that’s as distinctive as it is eclectic.”

-Billboard, Philip van Vleck

 

“Kat Parra’s voice may be the ultimate manifestation of the entire Latin music diaspora. While countless singers dabble in bossa nova or wander far and wide atop Afro-Cuban grooves, few people tackle the scope of music that Parra takes on. Engaging the totality of the entire Latin spectrum is no easy feat, but she seems willing and able to make it a reality. Salsa sounds, Middle Eastern music, Sephardic traditions, Afro-Peruvian passion, Puerto Rican grooves, chamber ideals, classical influences, jazz standards and countless other styles merge into one cohesive whole when Parra opens her mouth and unleashes her confident voice.”

-All About Jazz By DAN BILAWSKY

 

“Parra has a clear, rich, soprano with an expressiveness that ranges from caressing to sassy.”

-BlogCritics by Phillip Barnett

 

“Kat Parra has a voice that demands attention and rewards the listener with wholly satisfying interpretations
of an always interesting selection of songs. …overflowing as they are with music that is emotionally rich and
moving and performed in a voice that is burnished and flowing and touched with an attractive sinewy edge.”

-Jazz Mostly, Bruce Crowther

 

“Whether she sings in Spanish or English, she’s able to capture the passion of romantic emotions, both love
and lost, and with a rhythmic agility that hits your feet as well as your heart.”

-JazzWeekly.com, George Harris

 

“Parra possesses a voice with personality and soul. Full and throaty in her lower register, clear and crisp in her mezzo range.”

-Andrew Gilbert