by Lizz Wright
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Vocalist Lizz Wright delivers jazz that harks back to such luminaries as Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln on her debut Verve release, Salt. Still in her early twenties, Wright has a warm, dusky voice reminiscent of Cassandra Wilson and similarly to Wilson seems interested in tackling an eclectic mix of jazz standards, traditional folk, and R&B. Early on, a folky afterglow-Latin version of "Afro Blue" takes center stage followed by the gorgeous "Soon as I Get Home," which betters the version from The Wiz. Wright fairs equally well as a songwriter with about half the album filled with her soaring, bluesy ballads. There is a melancholy yet positive '70s vibe that eminates from songs like "Fire," which resonates lyrically as well as melodically much like the personal/sociopolitical writing of another of Wright's obvious inspirations, Terry Callier. Perhaps a little too low-key to register very high on the pop radio scale, but invested with enough sanguine emotionality and chops to make Salt easily recommended to fans of the neo-soul movement.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/13/2003
Label: Verve
UPC: 0731458993322
catalogNumber: 589933

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lizz Wright   Primary Artist,Vocals
Monte Croft   Marimbas,Vibes
Danilo Pérez   Piano
Kenneth Banks   Piano,Hammond Organ,fender rhodes
Brian Blade   Acoustic Guitar,Drums
Ronald Carbone   Viola
Derrick Gardner   Trumpet
Crystal Garner   Viola
Jeff Haynes   Percussion
Chris Potter   Soprano Saxophone
Adam Rogers   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Bottleneck Guitar
Mark Orrin Shuman   Cello
Ellen Westerman   Cello,Soloist
Sarah Adams   Viola
Myron Walden   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Caryl Paisner   Cello
Vincent Gardner   Trombone
Jon Cowherd   Piano,Conductor,fender rhodes
Sam Yahel   Hammond Organ
Doug Weiss   Acoustic Bass
Joe Kimura   Cello
Terreon Gully   Drums

Technical Credits

Brian Blade   Arranger,Producer
Joe Ferla   Engineer
Tommy LiPuma   Producer
Hollis King   Art Direction
Jason Stasium   Engineer
Jon Cowherd   Arranger,Producer,Horn Arrangements,String Arrangements
Doug Weiss   Arranger
Dave Perini   Engineer
Chris Fama   Engineer

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Salt 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
i got this cd the month it was released and i listen to it every single day. i just love how her voice and how she sings captures the emotion of the song she's singing. buying this album is all worth it. i have been waiting for her next album and im so glad is out.
Guest More than 1 year ago
.....She is great. Buy this album. You won't be disappointed -- and then you can take the credit for knowing about Lizz Wright and how powerful a singer she is before all of your friends.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Lizz Wright is a great artist. Too bad many "known" artist are not this great. Her sound is nice and smooth. This is one CD that you can play and not have to hit skip. This is a great buy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Her voice is outstanding. The production on the album is great. Good vocalist to watch.