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Vocal Jazz - Released September 15, 2017 | Concord Records, Inc. (UMG Account)

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The grace of Grace is everywhere! Granted Lizz Wright’s fans know that the Georgian singer has one of the most beautiful voices of her generation, but this album places her on rarely visited summits! A feeling no doubt connected to the theme of this 2017 cuvée, in which Wright provides a striking insight into a network of stories and songs which roots, intimately intertwined, extend deep and connect extremely diverse traditions that make up the soul of the Deep South. Produced by Joe Henry, one of the big shots of Americana, this southern celebration where jazz, blues, rock and gospel interweave allow her to shine in reinterpretations of songs by Ray Charles (What Would I Do), Allen Toussaint (Southern Nights), Nina Simone (Seems I’m Never Tired Lovin’ You), Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Singing in My Soul), k.d. lang (Wash Me Clean) or Bob Dylan (Every Grain Of Sand). In the more intimate sequences, when she doesn’t use her technical virtuosity, Lizz Wright is sublime and further appropriates this repertoire that flows through her veins. Her version of Southern Nights is refined, never complacent, and gifted with a subtlety that defines the entire album. © MD/Qobuz
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Vocal Jazz - Released January 1, 2015 | Concord Records, Inc.

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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
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Jazz - Released September 15, 2017 | Concord Records, Inc. (UMG Account)

The grace of Grace is everywhere! Granted Lizz Wright’s fans know that the Georgian singer has one of the most beautiful voices of her generation, but this album places her on rarely visited summits! A feeling no doubt connected to the theme of this 2017 cuvée, in which Wright provides a striking insight into a network of stories and songs which roots, intimately intertwined, extend deep and connect extremely diverse traditions that make up the soul of the Deep South. Produced by Joe Henry, one of the big shots of Americana, this southern celebration where jazz, blues, rock and gospel interweave allow her to shine in reinterpretations of songs by Ray Charles (What Would I Do), Allen Toussaint (Southern Nights), Nina Simone (Seems I’m Never Tired Lovin’ You), Sister Rosetta Tharpe (Singing in My Soul), k.d. lang (Wash Me Clean) or Bob Dylan (Every Grain Of Sand). In the more intimate sequences, when she doesn’t use her technical virtuosity, Lizz Wright is sublime and further appropriates this repertoire that flows through her veins. Her version of Southern Nights is refined, never complacent, and gifted with a subtlety that defines the entire album. © MD/Qobuz
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Jazz - Released January 1, 2015 | Concord Records, Inc.

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Jazz - Released January 1, 2015 | Concord Records, Inc.

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