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.
Performance CreditsLizz 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 CreditsBrian 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
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
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.
.....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.
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.
Her voice is outstanding. The production on the album is great. Good vocalist to watch.