What Freelon is building is not just a castle of love, but an expanded repertoire for jazz singers’ – The Washington Post. Multi Grammy-nominated vocal artist Nnenna Freelon is back, delivering her eleventh album after a decade-long hiatus from the studio. With Time Traveler, she offers a celebration of love and a prayer of hope for those living with loss. The sessions for the album stretched over two years, between 2018 and 2020, coinciding with the loss of Freelon’s soulmate and husband of forty years, Phil Freelon, to ALS. Freelon draws from her & Phil’s shared love of jazz and rhythm and blues, to step through an imagined doorway where past, present, and future collide.
From the album’s centerpiece, a medley of Marvin Gaye classics, to standards such as ‘Come Rain or Come Shine‘ and ‘Moon River,’ or her self-penned title song, Freelon reminds us of the grace and elegance that naturally accompanies her approach to interpreting melody. Inspired by her emotive glances to the past, and soulful presence in the here and now, she paints a portrait of reverence and gratitude for the gift of love that permeates every aspect of the human condition. ~Editorial Review | Amazon.com