Lizz Wright: “Fellowship”

My review of Fellowship— the latest album from the terrific vocalist Lizz Wright– is posted at CT.

Wright’s album, a collection of gospel standards and spiritually-minded rockers, comes along in a line of great gospel recordings from the likes of Patty Griffin, Mavis Staples, and, next month, Aaron Neville; all deserve consideration as some of the year’s best works, with Neville’s being quite probably my favorite of the bunch. Wright’s is very good, though: It took some time to win me over but I love how it throws gospel overtones into her signature blend of funk, R&B, and jazz. The nine-minute “Gospel Medley,” complete with handclaps, shouts, and Baptist piano, is particularly wonderful.

I should also say that Wright belongs on my Joe Henry wishlist.

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