Freedom & Surrender

Freedom & Surrender

by Lizz WrightLizz Wright

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Overview

A few years after the release of her fourth album with Verve, a gospel-themed set of reinterpretations titled Fellowship, Lizz Wright signed to the Concord label with an eye toward concentrating on original material. The vocalist made a connection with veteran multi-instrumentalist and producer Larry Klein and recorded Freedom & Surrender with a stable backing band that included drummer Vinnie Colaiuta, percussionist Pete Korpela, bassist Dan Lutz, guitarist Dean Parks, and keyboardists Pete Kuzma and Billy Childs. For most listeners, the change of label and mostly new set of supporting musicians will seem transparent. Like Wright's previous albums, Freedom & Surrender is graceful and exacting, yet those qualities come across in a fashion that does not seem deliberate -- remarkable for material that draws from folk, blues, jazz, soul, and gospel and often fuses two or more of those genres. Longtime collaborator Toshi Reagon contributes only two songs, "Freedom" and "Surrender," but they neatly begin and end the album in spirited and assured form. David Batteau and Jesse Harris separately collaborated with Wright and sometimes Klein on the writing of seven selections. In "The New Game," one of the grittier moments featuring a contribution from Batteau, Wright delivers the lines that most applicable to the state of her career: "I remember the way in/I got my new dancin' shoes/This is a new game, no tears/Ain't no shame shiftin' gears." Two guest appearances fit into place with ease. Gregory Porter is a duet partner on "Right Where You Are," a languid ballad written by Wright and Klein with J.D. Souther. A spectral version of Nick Drake's "River Man" -- along with an update of Bee Gees' "To Love Somebody," one of only two covers, and a highlight -- features a soft-hued flügelhorn solo from Till Brönner. It's doubtful that Wright and her creative partners could have more effectively synthesized her past work with her current outlook.

Product Details

Release Date: 09/04/2015
Label: Concord Records
UPC: 0888072372207
catalogNumber: 37220
Rank: 61694

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lizz Wright   Primary Artist,Vocals,Background Vocals,Hand Clapping
Billy Childs   fender rhodes
Till Brönner   Flugelhorn
Vinnie Colaiuta   Drums,Hand Clapping
Larry Klein   Acoustic Guitar,Keyboards,Hand Clapping,Rhythm Box
Dean Parks   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Electric Guitar,Hand Clapping,Bazouki,Guitar (Nylon String),Guitar (Baritone)
Jesse Harris   Guitar (Nylon String)
Pete Kuzma   Hammond Organ,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Hammond B3
Gregory Porter   Vocals
Pete Korpela   Percussion
Dan Lutz   Bass,Acoustic Bass
Kenny Banks   Piano,Hammond Organ,Hand Clapping,fender rhodes,Wurlitzer,Soloist,Hammond B3

Technical Credits

Nick Drake   Composer
David Batteau   Composer
Robin Gibb   Composer
Barry Gibb   Composer
Maurice Gibb   Composer
Larry Klein   Composer,Producer
Toshi Reagon   Composer
Maia Sharp   Composer
J.D. Souther   Composer
Sandy Roberton   Management
Jesse Harris   Composer
Lizz Wright   Composer
Gregory Porter   Duet
Lynne Earls   Engineer
Nicolas "Melchior" Diop   Engineer
Cynthia Herbst   Management

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