Lizz Wright: Afro Blue

Track

Afro Blue

Artist

Lizz Wright (vocals)

CD

Salt (Verve 589933)

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Musicians:

Lizz Wright (vocals), Danilo Perez (piano),

Derrick Gardner (trumpet), Vincent Gardner (trombone), John Hart (guitar), Doug Weiss (bass), Terreon Gully (drums), Jeff Haynes (percussion)

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Composed by Mongo Santamaria and Oscar Brown Jr

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Recorded: New York, August and December 2002

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Rating: 87/100 (learn more)

Wright is one of the more promising jazz singers of the new generation. She has a powerful, soulful voice and although she could belt the notes out of the ballpark, she never over-sings. Wright builds this six-minute performance from a simmer to a full boil, then gradually brings down the energy level with a bittersweet wordless vocal over Perezís deft keyboard work. This track, from her debut CD, is very jazzy, but elsewhere Wright shows potential for crossover success. Certainly she has the voice, but I am even more struck by her poise. She was only twenty-two when she made this recording, but has already honed her own personal sound.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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