Lizz Wright | SPACE | Jazz | Chicago Reader

Lizz Wright Early Warnings (Music) Soundboard

When: Tue., Feb. 22, 8 p.m. 2011

In her quest to find the style that best serves her rich, powerful voice, Lizz Wright has traipsed through fervent neosoul and sophisticated Cassandra Wilson-esque folk jazz. On her latest album, Fellowship (Verve), she switches things up again, this time trying her hand at black gospel. The record includes a five-song medley of gospel warhorses like "Up Above My Head" and "I've Got a Feeling," but its sound is more like folk rock. The album is also overtly influenced by socially conscious a cappella group Sweet Honey in the Rock—Wright covers a tune by the group's founder, Bernice Johnson Reagon, and Reagon's daughter Toshi produced or coproduced five tracks. Wright sounds as strong and confident as ever, but the recording sinks into Starbucks-soundtrack ecumenicism—the music is forgettable, though it probably sounds nice beneath the hiss of a milk steamer. —Peter Margasak

Price: $32, $28 in advance

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