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Freedom & Surrender

Lizz Wright

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A few years after the release of her fourth album with Verve, a gospel-themed set of reinterpretations titled Fellowship, Lizz Wright signed to the Concord label with an eye toward concentrating on original material. The vocalist made a connection with veteran multi-instrumentalist and producer Larry Klein and recorded Freedom & Surrender with a stable backing band that included drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, percussionist Pete Korpela, bassist Dan Lutz, guitarist Dean Parks, and keyboardists Pete Kuzma and Billy Childs. For most listeners, the change of label and mostly new set of supporting musicians will seem transparent. Like Wright's previous albums, Freedom & Surrender is graceful and exacting, yet those qualities come across in a fashion that does not seem deliberate -- remarkable for material that draws from folk, blues, jazz, soul, and gospel and often fuses two or more of those genres. Longtime collaborator Toshi Reagon contributes only two songs, "Freedom" and "Surrender," but they neatly begin and end the album in spirited and assured form. David Batteau and Jesse Harris separately collaborated with Wright and sometimes Klein on the writing of seven selections. In "The New Game," one of the grittier moments featuring a contribution from Batteau, Wright delivers the lines that most applicable to the state of her career: "I remember the way in/I got my new dancin' shoes/This is a new game, no tears/Ain't no shame shiftin' gears." Two guest appearances fit into place with ease. Gregory Porter is a duet partner on "Right Where You Are," a languid ballad written by Wright and Klein with J.D. Souther. A spectral version of Nick Drake's "River Man" -- along with an update of Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody," one of only two covers, and a highlight -- features a soft-hued flügelhorn solo from Till Brönner. It's doubtful that Wright and her creative partners could have more effectively synthesized her past work with her current outlook.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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1
Freedom
00:05:05

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Toshi Reagon, ComposerLyricist - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Kuzma, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Korpela, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

2
The Game
00:02:56

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jesse Harris, Nylon-String Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Kuzma, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Korpela, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Organ, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

3
The New Game
00:03:26

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer, ComposerLyricist - David Batteau, ComposerLyricist - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Kuzma, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Korpela, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

4
Lean In
00:05:19

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, Nylon-String Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jesse Harris, ComposerLyricist - LARRY KLEIN, Producer, Synthesizer, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Kuzma, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Korpela, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

5
Right Where You Are
00:05:24

J.D. Souther, ComposerLyricist - Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Kuzma, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Gregory Porter, Vocals, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Korpela, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

6
River Man
00:05:31

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Nick Drake, ComposerLyricist - Till Brönner, Flugelhorn, AssociatedPerformer - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Kuzma, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

7
Somewhere Down The Mystic
00:05:27

Dean Parks, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, Mandolin, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer, Acoustic Guitar, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Batteau, ComposerLyricist - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Kuzma, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Korpela, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

8
Real Life Painting
00:03:35

Dean Parks, Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer - Maia Sharp, ComposerLyricist - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Kuzma, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Korpela, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Organ, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

9
To Love Somebody
00:05:06

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Barry Gibb, ComposerLyricist - Robin Gibb, ComposerLyricist - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Maurice Gibb, ComposerLyricist - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Kuzma, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Pete Korpela, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

10
Here And Now
00:04:29

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Childs, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - David Batteau, ComposerLyricist - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Kuzma, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

11
You
00:05:15

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer, Clapping, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - David Batteau, ComposerLyricist - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Kuzma, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

12
Blessed The Brave
00:03:39

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer, ComposerLyricist - David Batteau, ComposerLyricist - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Kuzma, Keyboards, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

13
Surrender
00:06:06

Dean Parks, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Vinnie Colaiuta, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - LARRY KLEIN, Producer - Toshi Reagon, ComposerLyricist - Dan Lutz, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Lizz Wright, Vocals, Background Vocalist, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Pete Kuzma, Organ, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Banks, Hammond B3, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2015 Concord Music Group, Inc.

Album Description

A few years after the release of her fourth album with Verve, a gospel-themed set of reinterpretations titled Fellowship, Lizz Wright signed to the Concord label with an eye toward concentrating on original material. The vocalist made a connection with veteran multi-instrumentalist and producer Larry Klein and recorded Freedom & Surrender with a stable backing band that included drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, percussionist Pete Korpela, bassist Dan Lutz, guitarist Dean Parks, and keyboardists Pete Kuzma and Billy Childs. For most listeners, the change of label and mostly new set of supporting musicians will seem transparent. Like Wright's previous albums, Freedom & Surrender is graceful and exacting, yet those qualities come across in a fashion that does not seem deliberate -- remarkable for material that draws from folk, blues, jazz, soul, and gospel and often fuses two or more of those genres. Longtime collaborator Toshi Reagon contributes only two songs, "Freedom" and "Surrender," but they neatly begin and end the album in spirited and assured form. David Batteau and Jesse Harris separately collaborated with Wright and sometimes Klein on the writing of seven selections. In "The New Game," one of the grittier moments featuring a contribution from Batteau, Wright delivers the lines that most applicable to the state of her career: "I remember the way in/I got my new dancin' shoes/This is a new game, no tears/Ain't no shame shiftin' gears." Two guest appearances fit into place with ease. Gregory Porter is a duet partner on "Right Where You Are," a languid ballad written by Wright and Klein with J.D. Souther. A spectral version of Nick Drake's "River Man" -- along with an update of Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody," one of only two covers, and a highlight -- features a soft-hued flügelhorn solo from Till Brönner. It's doubtful that Wright and her creative partners could have more effectively synthesized her past work with her current outlook.
© Andy Kellman /TiVo

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