It has been entirely too long between albums from Nnenna Freelon. Discounting a Christmas album from 2012, the last we heard from Freelon was in 2010. She's back in 2021 with Time Traveler, an album recorded in the wake of her husband's long term illness and death in 2019. Considering the tragedy and heartache surrounding the album, it's an astonishingly upbeat affair. Even the songs that could have been maudlin, like "Time in a Bottle," instead get invigorating reinventions, with tasteful arrangements that make everything here a compelling listen.