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Fellowship
     

Fellowship

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by Lizz Wright
 

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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

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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.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/28/2010
Label:
Verve Forecast
UPC:
0602527470900
catalogNumber:
001467302
Rank:
39795

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Performance Credits

Lizz Wright   Primary Artist,Vocals
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Background Vocals
Oren Bloedow   Guitar
Alfredo Alias   Drums
Rocky Bryant   Drums
Angélique Kidjo   Vocals
Meshell Ndegeocello   Bass
Toshi Reagon   Background Vocals
Marvin Sewell   Guitar,Slide Guitar,Ebo
Fred Walcott   Percussion,Shaker
Joan Wasser   Violin,Background Vocals
Marcelle Davies-Lashley   Choir, Chorus
Robin Macatangay   Guitar
Dave Cook   Piano
Todd Sickafoose   Acoustic Bass
Jano Rix   Drums
Mimi Jones   Acoustic Bass
Glen Patscha   Piano,Keyboards,Pump Organ,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Nick D'amato   Bass
Randy Jeter   Choir, Chorus
Nacho Arimany   Percussion,Tambourine,Cajon
Kenny Banks   Piano,Background Vocals
Karma M. Johnson   Choir, Chorus
Josette Newsam-Marchak   Background Vocals,Choir, Chorus
Jason C. Walker   Choir, Chorus

Technical Credits

Gerry Goffin   Composer
Barry Goldberg   Composer
Bernice Johnson Reagon   Arranger,Composer
Brian Bacchus   Producer
Eric Clapton   Composer
Jimi Hendrix   Composer
Angélique Kidjo   Composer
Kevin Killen   Engineer
Meshell Ndegeocello   Composer
John Newton   Composer
Toshi Reagon   Arranger,Producer
Joan Wasser   Composer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Gloria Griffin   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Lizz Wright   Arranger,Composer
Dahlia Ambach-Caplin   Executive Producer
Oya Kupula   Composer
Kenny Banks   Arranger

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Fellowship 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
lostinbooksDS More than 1 year ago
This is a wonderful eclectic composition of "old school" R&B, Baptist Church gospel, with a little folk and country thrown in for good measure. I especially like the old time gospel favorites, that take me back to my hometown church, when the sistah's in the church would double-clap their hands and beat the tamberines to the upbeat tunes that we sang at the top of our lungs, praising the Lord. I love this CD.