Lizz Wright | SFJAZZ
With an instrument described by The New York Times as a “sumptuously earthy voice, which commands strict and often spine-tingling attention, Lizz Wright sanctifies every song she sings. While the 36-year-old vocalist first gained attention delivering Swing Era standards associated with Billie Holiday, she’s continued in recent years as a singer/songwriter whose music eludes definition. A quartet of albums on the Verve label, beginning with 2003’s Salt and concluding with the gospel-infused Fellowship from 2010, established Wright as a major artist whose reach wasn’t bound by the limits of any one genre. Since the release of Fellowship, Wright has been continually working in varying settings with a number of talented women including drummer Terri Lyne Carrington’s GRAMMY-winning Mosaic Project and a touring tribute to Miriam Makeba, Abbey Lincoln and Odetta featuring fellow vocalists Dianne Reeves and Angelique Kidjo. Wright’s newest release, Freedom & Surrender, marks her debut on Concord Records and is her first album of new material in five years. Recorded after a time of great upheaval and self-reflection, the recording is described by Wright as “the circuitous dance between the beginning and the end,” featuring collaboration with vocal star Gregory Porter and award-winning producer Larry Klein.