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Lizz Wright continues her genre-defying journey with Fellowship, a nod to her roots in gospel on the one hand and her gospel of eclecticism on the other. Beginning with the ecumenical Me’Shell N’Degeocello-penned title track, Fellowship is not a traditional genre exercise. While emphasizing a healthy dose of the rousing hymnody Wright grew up singing in the church (she is, indeed, ... Read more in Amazon's Lizz Wright Store

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  • Audio CD (31 Mar. 2008)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Enhanced
  • Label: Decca (UMO)
  • ASIN: B0010RLYDE
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,774 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Coming Home
2. My Heart
3. I Idolize You
4. Hey Mann
5. Another Angel
6. When I Fall
7. Leave Me Standing Alone
8. Speak Your Heart
9. This Is
10. Song For Mia
11. Thank You
12. Strange
13. It Makes No Difference
14. My Heart

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Lizz Wright's first two Verve releases, Salt and Dreaming Wide Awake, established her as one of the jazz world's most celebrated rising stars, both an accomplished songwriter and a versatile, deeply expressive singer. On her third album The Orchard, the Georgia-bred, New York-based artist takes a substantial leap forward, transcending genre distinctions to deliver a vibrant, intensely creative milestone.

Largely self-penned The Orchard finds Wright mining her own experience to create an unmistakably personal musical statement. The warmth and resonance of Wright's gospel-trained contralto is matched by the intimacy and authority of such original compositions as "Coming Home," "My Heart," "Another Angel" and "When I Fall." Wright's interpretive skills are equally impressive on revelatory readings of the Ike and Tina Turner classic "I Idolize You," Sweet Honey in the Rock's "Hey Mann," the Led Zeppelin ballad "Thank You" and Patsy Cline's haunting "Strange."


"Her voice is rich and powerful... Her music is full of grace and spirituality. One of the Records of the Year" -- Time Out London

"Utterly Gorgeous" -- Mojo

"Lizz Wright could no more sing a boring note than Jamie Oliver would pan fry chicken nuggets... A great prospect for the future." -- Guardian

"Lizz Wright's voice could make anyone stop in their tracks... Simply gorgeous"
-- Attitude

"One of those singers who can turn her pipes to anything, and make it spine-tingling" -- Daily Express

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Ola Hallgren on 3 July 2008
Format: Audio CD
Many reviews on Amazon -- and yes, myself guilty -- tend to lean towards fan-mail. You keep a watch out for your favourite artists, buy their cd's as they are released and write a review tell the world how truly fantastic the artist and music are. And by inference, your own taste in music. So let me start by saying that I do have a weakness for Lizz Wright. Don't expect a cool unbiased review. Her earlier albums have been spinning and spinning on my cd-player. Not just because of her voice, her phrasing and tone that she combines so beautifully and effortlessly. In this she is not alone, there are many good singers with fine material out there. But there is something special about Lizz Wright that makes her stand out. Hard to put the finger on but it could be her seeming to take her lyrics so seriously, giving the impression of living or having lived them. Of wishing to tell. As a result you feel compelled to listen, and listen with attention, to what she wishes to say and convey. It just works, and this (almost) irrespective of the quality of the lyrics. If you lend her -- and her co-musicians -- your full attention you will more often than not be richly rewarded. This record is no exception. At first listen it even sounds stronger than her previous work, and that is saying quite something. Hey Mann a personal favourite along with Ike Turner's old Idolize-hit. The rest of the songs I let others comment on. Give Lizz Wright a try if you haven't yet heard her sing. It may not be your thing but you just may get hooked. And why not start with this her latest cd, a cd that I have not -- I realise -- really reviewed. But what did you expect from a biased fan?
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By M. de-layen Vian VINE VOICE on 17 May 2008
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Lizz Wright is in my opinion a modern Sarah Vaughan with hints of modernesque influences. The problem comes in pigeonholing her music. Clearly I can write the words Soul, Folk, RnB, Jazz, Blues, Gospel, and that Lizz sings proudly from an African American heritage but Lizzs music does not sit well in any one of these categories. More she is the product of all of these things and arguably much better than the sum of those parts! Dreaming wide awake and Salt her two previous albums were fabulous offerings that clearly demonstrated the extraordinary talent of her gift.

Lizz was apparently heavily influenced by gospel and on this album you can hear that throughout the Orchard with tracks like "coming home" being a clear example. However Lizz touches into the modern with "my heart" a great crossover into a contemporary music genre . However in my opinion Lizzs' talents are clearly entrenched in her more gospelish / bluesy offerings such as hey mann and I idolise you which could not be sung as well by any other living female vocalist. I am a musician and liten to lizz as she gives me a light to my shade, a balance to my aggressive side and a still to my madly frenetic energy. If you are someone that yearns for a modern voice that delivers silk and velvet tones with sensitivity and an incredible grace then Lizz should be at the top of your list. The Orchard is given 4 stars as it is in reality a 4.5 stars for me -near perfection but not quite. This is only her 3rd album though so watch her space!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Blackmale on 9 April 2010
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Similarities serve only to hint at the genre. This is no Diane Reeves/Tracy Chapman/Cassandra Wilson "imitation" but a fourth take from the same origins. Compare the dark angelic vocal delights that any of the above have delivered to a world awash with safely squared off electro rhythmic trash you will understand the need to set each apart.
The only introduction Lizz requires is to listen itself.
Orchard her third studio release marks a significant departure from the equally respected SALT and DREAMING WIDE AWAKE. The earlier two leant heavily on the masterful if "signature" jazz orchestrations of veteran Tommy LiPuma in favour of Craig Street who favours the closer attentions of an acoustic "band" rather than the entire symphony. ORCHARD tastes the mature fruits of Southern Eastern jazz. Hickory smoke, New Orleans flavour with a hint of hanging Louisiana willow. The tempo captures sunset amidst a scorching summer, beads of sweat glistening as weary feet drag through fields of golden corn.
The "band" is tight enough to make loose and baggy sound exactly like it was intended that way. Street's Production defines clarity, fret twists, hammond slides and brushed snares. Every single note and stroke is yours in it's own space,colour and time.
The songs are melodic often mournful but infinitely memorable. Rankings and favourites I leave to the individual - we will never agree, but try Hey Mann/Another Angel/This is, just for the contrast.
Lizz is in astounding form again, adding emotional depth to the vocal at a level simply vacant among her peers. She'll sing it, you'll believe it, THE END.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By R. Storer on 5 July 2008
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in these days of bland simon cowell pap music , its great to hear an album by a real singer. this is a lush gorgeous album.
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