Lizz Wright Fellowship

Fellowship

Lizz Wright

Released on February 7, 2011 by Verve Forecast

Main artist: Lizz Wright

Genre: Jazz > Vocal Jazz

Distinctions: Sélection Les Inrocks ( January 2011)

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On her fourth album, Lizz Wright returns to her gospel roots after writing her own material on 2008's The Orchard. Typically, however, this is hardly a traditional collection of faith-based songs. Wright does include a medley of old spirituals including "Up Above My Head," and she closes the proceedings with "Amazing Grace." But her idea of gospel is highly eclectic, also encompassing the Gladys Knight & the Pips hit "I've Got to Use My Imagination" and Jimi Hendrix's "In from the Storm," neither of which seem particularly religious, as well as Eric Clapton's "Presence of the Lord." Wright also draws material from a clutch of black female contemporaries and influences including Me'Shell Ndegéocello, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Joan Wasser, and Angélique Kidjo as she ranges from neo-soul to African-styled folk-rock music. The disparate sources are united by Wright's distinctive and powerful alto voice, which anchors the music and provides a stylistic through-line, no matter what the nominal genre. This is an unusually somber type of gospel, as Wright favors moodiness over fervor in her statements of faith. That is especially true at the end, when she presents "Amazing Grace" in an ambient, funereal mood. Listeners should expect to be moved by these performances, but not to be cheered. ~ William Ruhlmann
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Album : 1 disk - 12 tracks Total length : 00:47:21

  1. 1 Fellowship

    Glenn Patscha, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Marley, ComposerLyricist - KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oren Bloedow, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Bryant, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Meshell Ndegeocello, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Toshi Reagon, Producer - Joan Wasser, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  2. 2 (I’ve Got to Use My) Imagination

    Glenn Patscha, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Goldberg, ComposerLyricist - Gerry Goffin, ComposerLyricist - KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Marvin Sewell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Alfredo Alias, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bacchus, Producer - Robin Macatangay, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Fred Walcott, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Nic D'Amato, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  3. 3 I Remember, I Believe

    Glenn Patscha, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Oren Bloedow, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Rocky Bryant, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bernice Johnson Reagon, ComposerLyricist - Toshi Reagon, Producer - Joan Wasser, Violin, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Todd Sickafoose, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  4. 4 God Specializes

    Glenn Patscha, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Rocky Bryant, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Toshi Reagon, Producer - Oscar C. Eliason, ComposerLyricist - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bacchus, Producer - Kenny Banks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Mimi Jones, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  5. 5 Gospel Medley: I've Got a Feeling , Power Lord, Glory Glory, Up Above My Head, Hold On Just A Little While Longer

    Traditional, ComposerLyricist - KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Bernice Johnson Reagon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Toshi Reagon, Background Vocalist, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Bacchus, Producer - Kenny Banks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  6. 6 Sweeping Through The City

    Traditional, ComposerLyricist - KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  7. 7 All The Seeds

    KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelique Kidjo, ComposerLyricist - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  8. 8 Presence Of The Lord

    KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Eric Clapton, ComposerLyricist - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  9. 9 In From The Storm

    Jimi Hendrix, ComposerLyricist - Lizz Wright, MainArtist - Brian Bacchus, Producer Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  10. 10 Feed The Light

    KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Joan Wasser, ComposerLyricist - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  11. 11 Oya

    KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Angelique Kidjo, ComposerLyricist - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Oya Kupola, ComposerLyricist Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  12. 12 Amazing Grace

    John Newton, ComposerLyricist - KEVIN KILLEN, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer Copyright : ℗ 2010 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

  • Album description
  • On her fourth album, Lizz Wright returns to her gospel roots after writing her own material on 2008's The Orchard. Typically, however, this is hardly a traditional collection of faith-based songs. Wright does include a medley of old spirituals including "Up Above My Head," and she closes the proceedings with "Amazing Grace." But her idea of gospel is highly eclectic, also encompassing the Gladys Knight & the Pips hit "I've Got to Use My Imagination" and Jimi Hendrix's "In from the Storm," neither of which seem particularly religious, as well as Eric Clapton's "Presence of the Lord." Wright also draws material from a clutch of black female contemporaries and influences including Me'Shell Ndegéocello, Bernice Johnson Reagon, Joan Wasser, and Angélique Kidjo as she ranges from neo-soul to African-styled folk-rock music. The disparate sources are united by Wright's distinctive and powerful alto voice, which anchors the music and provides a stylistic through-line, no matter what the nominal genre. This is an unusually somber type of gospel, as Wright favors moodiness over fervor in her statements of faith. That is especially true at the end, when she presents "Amazing Grace" in an ambient, funereal mood. Listeners should expect to be moved by these performances, but not to be cheered. ~ William Ruhlmann

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