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Freedom & Surrender (advance review)

Artist: Lizz WrightFeatured: 0List Ranking: 0Review: It?s been noted on many occasions, including in her SoulTracks biography, that Lizz Wright shares a history with plenty of other R&B, soul and jazz singers of singing in the church. Her father served as music minister at the church she attended in a small Georgia community. What differentiates Wright from many of the predecessors and contemporaries who in some cases have achieved greater mainstream celebrity and commercial success, is that Wright makes no attempt to cage or scrub that church influence from her vocals. Listeners hear those influences whether Wright is singing gospel songs and spirituals on her 2010 release Fellowship, covering show tunes such as ?As Soon As I Get Home? from the musical The Wiz on her 2002 debut album Salt, or being sensual and adopting a come hither tone on ?Lean In,? a highlight from her latest recording ? the excellent Freedom and Surrender. Now, I won?t say that ?Lean In? is Wright?s play to get some love from R&B radio, because she?s already done things such as ?My Heart? from The Orchard that drew on pop and Latin influences. Still, with a percussive keyboard intro that melds into a deep funk bass line, bluesy guitar riffs and Wright?s sensual and cooing vocals, it is the type of tune that deserves have a place on mainstream radio. Certainly, the song?s title shows that Wright, despite her rootsy persona, is definitely tuned into the cultural zeitgeist of the time. The term ?lean in? has social currency due the book by that title written by Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, in which she encourages women to embrace challenge and risk in the workplace. Wright actually flips the concept by applying it to a romantic encounter where she encourages the man to free himself from his fear of rejection and act on his male intuition. Wright has had several notable collaborations over the years with artists such as Bernice Johnson Reagon, who achieved fame as one of the Freedom Singers from Albany, Georgia during the Civil Rights movement before she founded Sweet Honey in the Rock. That connection made sense because the two share their roots in the church as well the connection to Georgia. However, her duet with Gregory Porter on the ballad ?Right Where You Are? is one that is both welcome and understandable. Like Wright, Porter makes no attempt to shackle or cage the church influence that came from his evangelist mother. The track features an arrangement where a jazz-influenced piano plays a prominent role and that provides ample space for both vocalists to display emotive vocal ranges ? and that soars when the two sing in unison. Freedom & Surrender features several tracks that play to Wright?s strengths as a great renderer of acoustic folk songs that bring in themes of religion, life, death and nature, such as ?Somewhere Down the Mystic,? and ?Real Life Painting,? while she draws energy from twangy guitars and gospel infused organ on the rock and blues fusion of ?The New Game.? Wright has achieved and maintained critical success and a loyal following by being true to her soulful roots. However, that does not mean that Wright is incapable or unwilling to branch out. She is equally at ease in the church house, the country road, the club, the bedroom, and places a little more intimate and romantic. You can take Freedom & Surrender about anywhere?and you will certainly want to. Highly Recommended. By Howard Dukes Click Here to listen to Freedom & SurrenderAlbum Image: Click on CD cover to listen or purchaseAlbum Buy Link: Comments: 1Title: Freedom & SurrenderASIN:  var amzn_wdgt={widget:'MP3Clips'}; amzn_wdgt.tag='soultracks-20'; amzn_wdgt.widgetType='ASINList'; amzn_wdgt.ASIN='B010D0D3QE'; amzn_wdgt.title='Freedom & Surrender'; amzn_wdgt.width='250'; amzn_wdgt.height='250'; amzn_wdgt.shuffleTracks='False'; amzn_wdgt.marketPlace='US';
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First Listen: Jimmy Sterling asks "What Would You Do?"

Featured: 0Jimmy Sterling?s career started as a backup drummer for a variety of local groups around the inner-city and suburbs of Detroit.  He even performed with Motown?s Edwin Starr and Jimmy Ruffin at a very young age.  This gave Sterling the opportunity to meet his musical idol, David Ruffin, who greatly influenced his vocal style. Jimmy later met the late great General Johnson and for six years recorded and toured with Chairmen Of The Board as a backup drummer/vocalist.Facebook Comments: 1
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New Listening Room from the great VenueConnection

Featured: 0We first heard Spanish soul and dance group VenueConnection a few years ago and immediately liked what we heard. We've been following them ever since as they've grown an audience on both sides of the Atlantic.Facebook Comments: 1
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First Listen: Kirk Franklin wants you to be "Happy"

Featured: 0Hello Family! I CANNOT believe it has been almost five years since I released an album. In the meantime, I cannot thank you enough for the way you?ve supported my vision to develop new talent for our community through The Walls Group, Tasha Page-Lockhart, and Geoffrey Golden. Now I'm coming to you with a new song I pray you enjoy--- "Wanna Be Happy?", the first single from my upcoming album.Facebook Comments: 1
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Listening Room: Lizz Wright returns with "Freedom & Surrender"

Featured: 0Every generation has its premier vocalists who have such subtlety, range, feel and control that they stay with you long after the song ends.  They have that VOICE:  It's like an elixir, a tonic, a drug for whatever ails you, for whatever you need to celebrate, or endure.  Sinatra had it.  Likewise, Aretha.  Nancy Wilson.  Marvin.  Roberta.  Donny.  Whitney.  Alison Krauss.  And with her own quiet elegance and grace, so does Lizz Wright.  Hers is a voice that we believe will be heard, and embraced, by an even wider audience with her upcoming release on September 7th, FreFacebook Comments: 1
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