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The Lizz Wright Interview

Body & soul

Photo of Lizz Wright, who will perform at 2017 Berklee Beantown Jazz Festival
Lizz Wright (photo by Jesse Kitt)
Lizz Wright at NYC's Highline Ballroom in 2015
Lizz Wright

Lizz Wright has traveled far and wide since the release of her debut album, Salt, on Verve a dozen years ago. A vocalist of deep composure and luxurious timbre, she draws equally from jazz, R&B, Southern folk, country blues and the singer-songwriter movement to which she belongs. But her foundation lies in rural Georgia and the gospel church, a legacy she directly addressed with her album Fellowship in 2010.

Her potent new release, Freedom & Surrender (Concord), pivots toward a more sensual sort of uplift, without dislodging Wright from her essential bearings. It’s an album born of emotional hardship and inner transformation, made over a period of two years with the help of veteran producer Larry Klein.

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