Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
Genres: Folk, Jazz, Pop, R&B
The release of the long-anticipated debut from this talented, 20-something, Georgia-bred chanteuse shows that Norah Jones isn't the only "it girl" out there. Wright's cool contralto, which was previously heard on Joe Sampl... more »
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The release of the long-anticipated debut from this talented, 20-something, Georgia-bred chanteuse shows that Norah Jones isn't the only "it girl" out there. Wright's cool contralto, which was previously heard on Joe Sample's The Pecan Tree, is a southern stew cooked with ample helpings of soul, jazz, R&B, and gospel. This CD, equally produced by Tommy LiPuma, John Cowherd, and drummer Brian Blade, features mostly mid-tempo renditions of a jazz-fusion ditty, a spiritual, a Broadway tune, a Latin number, light classical, and original compositions. Wright's vocal weight and fluent delivery echoes the talents of Lalah Hathaway, whether she?s putting her own sepia spin on Flora Purim's '70s gem "Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly," Mongo Santamaria's "Afro Blue" (with pianist Danilo Perez), or "Soon As I Get Home" from The Wiz. Though this record is a promising debut from Wright, one gets the sense that she?s a soul singer at heart, as evidenced by the down-home title tune. One thing's for sure: the road to Lizz Wright's future is wide open with no barriers in sight. --Eugene Holley, Jr.
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E.H. | st.louis by way of chicago | 05/29/2003
(4 out of 5 stars)
"ok people....lets get off Nora Jones, yes her cd is cool but this is something totally different. on this cd you can more of a mixture of songs...not that laid back put you to sleep music of Nora. Ms. Wright is something else.....she sounds like Oleta Adams but with more soul. this sister has a very powerful voice....1. Open Your Eyes, You Can Fly.... 4 out of 5
2. Salt....this is a hot jam....5 out of 5
3. Afro Blue....its cool...4 out of 5
4. Soon As I Get Home....a great remake...5 out of 5
5. Walk With Me, Lord....midtempo jam thats cool...3 out of 5
6. Eternity....enjoyable...4 out 5
7. Goodbye....im really diggin this one....4 out of 5
8. Vocalise/End Of The Line....took me a couple of listens...4 out of 5
9. Fire....and thats what it was...4 out of 5
10. Blue Rose....nice song...4 out of 5
11. Lead The Way...4 out of 5
12. Silence....4 out of 5 i just hope that she gets the right backing. best song on the cd is Soon
As I Get Home.......ONELOVE"
Simone Lauderdale | Maryland, USA | 04/11/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Lizz Wright's debut is so great. I am extremely impressed with this woman, especially seeing as she is only 24 years old. Her voice sounds ages older and has the sophistication to boot. This cd is so relaxing you just put it on and you are instantly transported to a world of utter and complete calmness. She also has some more up tempo songs, like Salt and Open Your Eyes You Can Fly, that seem to just lift the spirits. I think that my favorite would have to be Vocalise/End of the Line an extraordinary Nina Simone remake that Lizz sings with so much emotion it's crazy! This is serious music that those who appreciate real music will be sure to enjoy for years to come."
Thaw out the ice princess
P. Kinoti | Toronto, ON | 02/14/2005
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The only reason im doing this is because i am so grateful that in this world where music is lost, there is an artist like Ms Wright who has shared herself with us. I heard this album on amazon ad i was immediately taken. I got it and i am still in love with it 3 yrs after its release. I used to hate jazz and now thanks to Wright, i am a fanatic, her music is so inspiring and she speaks about ALL aspects of life. Her gift is not one in passing, it has remained with me since. The songs speak of life and love, both in its extremes and yet expressing its simplicity. I am all thawed out by Ms.Wright's music and if you too have ice bars around your ears and heart than you need TO THAW OUT TOO."