Nnenna Freelon

Time Traveler

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MUSIC REVIEW BY Nate Chinen, WBGO

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On Time Traveler, her first album in more than a decade, Nnenna Freelon considers the passage of time through the prism of personal loss. The album is a tribute to the memory of her husband of 40 years, noted architect Phil Freelon, who died in 2019.

Among the more emotional expressions on the album is this cover of "Time in a Bottle," a posthumous No. 1 hit for singer-songwriter Jim Croce. With a sharp band arrangement by her pianist, Miki Hayama, Freelon brings depth and drama to her interpretation of the song — especially on the yearning chorus: "But there never seems to be enough time / To do the things you want to do, once you find them."








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