Lauren Desberg – Sideways EP [Download]


Somehow I missed the exquisite jazz and sublime vocals housed on this EP when it first debuted this past September.

So when I ran across it while (s)trolling on FB the other night, and saw Gretchen Parlato’s name associated with the EP, it was a no-brain for me to take a listen to the opening track, “You Go To My Head“.


Parlato and Desberg do an incredible job on the 1938 Fred J. Coots jazz standard, made popular by Billie Holiday before being recorded by a host of other artists and the pairing of their voices here is in such precise tandem, it would take someone extremely familiar with Parlato’s inflections to aurally separate the two.

Never think that Desberg is unable to hold her own for the remaining three tracks. Far from it, as the Berklee School of Music alum and her ensemble are more than capable of delivering, with tracks ranging from a subdued but refreshing take on Grover Washington Jr.’s oft sampled “Mister Magic” to the Dilla sampled Herbie Hancock staple, “Come Running To Me“.

Truly good listening right here that you can either get on the NYP basis at Desberg’s Bandcamp or you can straight up support the art at iTunes or Amazon.

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