Lizz Wright – Freedom & Surrender

It’s a tried and true formula. Superb vocal skills, songwriting and top-level musicians make for a listening treasure. Lizz Wright makes her Concord Records debut with Freedom & Surrender.

Musicians in this set include drummer Vinnie Colaiuta; bassist Dan Lutz; percussionist Pete Korpela; guitarists Dean Parks and Jesse Harris; and keyboardists Kenny Banks, Pete Kuzma and Billy Childs.

The first part of the album title, “Freedom,” is a soulful groove accented by a slick bass line and rhythm guitar, with stellar drum and keyboard play. Wright sings of freedom to have air to breathe and to walk the ground beneath one’s feet. It also is an anthem about answering the call, and standing up for others.

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