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Album Review

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.

Customer Reviews

Best album I've had in months

I bought this CD a few weeks ago and absolutely loved it. I though about giving it as a gift, but wanted if for myself, hehe. My favorites are Open You Eyes, Salt (the best!), Afro-Blue, Eternity, and Soon As I Get Home. Best vocal jazz I've ever heard.

What a beautiful Voice!!

I first heard the song Eternity on XM Radio and I loved it. This is my favorite song. But I love all the songs on this album. Absolutely beautiful. What a great talent this woman has. Her voice just soothes my soul. I will buy every album she puts out!

Worth every penny, and then some!

I'm not a huge jazz fan, but I LOVE this album. Her smooth but entertaining voice motivates me to get my work done, but not stress out. Afro blue is one of my favorite songs. I "met" Lizz on NPR one afternoon singing "Salt," and am so glad that I did. You'll love this too, it's worth every penny.


Born: January 22, 1980 in Hahira, GA

Genre: Vocal

Years Active: '00s, '10s

Lizz Wright is a vocalist and composer who synthesizes R&B, jazz, folk, blues, and gospel. She was born in 1980 in the Georgia town of Hahira, and her musical tastes blossomed early on. Her father served as the pianist and musical director at the local church, and he encouraged his daughter to absorb the soulful dispositions of classic hymns. Eventually, blues and jazz were added to Wright's musical plate, and by high school she was earning awards in choir competitions. Wright was coming into her...
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