Lizz Wright – Freedom & Surrender

September 4, 2015 / No Comments / Tags: J.D. Souther, Jesse Harris, Larry Klein, lizz wright, Maia Sharp, Toshi Reagon

(Concord Records)

Freedom & Surrender is singer Lizz Wright’s return from five years away from the studio. The album is exquisite. The quality of song and presentation is as outstanding as we’ve come to expect from Wright’s projects. Working with producer Larry Klein, the singer crafted a bevy of new material and re-imagined some existing works to weave this incredibly aural tapestry that envelopes with every advance to the following track. Wright also collaborated with song crafters J.D. Souther, Jesse Harris,  Maia Sharp and Toshi Reagon, with whom she’s worked on several of her previous recordings. Gregory Porter guests on a nice vocal duet. The album is rich with first-rate musicianship, spectrum-colored harmonies and a kind of magical spell, in which Wright doesn’t just perform the songs she sings, she possesses them, and the listener. It’s a gift that places Lizz Wright is in a class all her own.

Click to listen to a clip of “River Man”:

Tracks: Freedom, The Game, The New Game, Lean In, Right Where You Are, River Man, Somewhere Down The Mystic, Real Life Painting, To Love Somebody, Here and Now, You, Blessed The Brave, Surrender .