Almost two years after her debut, Ms. Wright returns with Dreaming Wide Awake which delivers on the promise and potential of her debut album. Produced by Craig Street, the album features guest appearances from jazz guitarist Bill Frisell, keyboardist Patrick Warren, Marc Anthony Thompson, Toshi Reagon, and Jesse Harris.
Ms. Wright once again chooses some very interesting covers as well as writing several original songs. The covers embrace a wide range of influences. From Joe Henry’s “Stop,” and Neil Young’s “Old Man,” to Ella Jenkins’ “Wake Up, Little Sparrow,” and “Get Together” (the Youngbloods’ 60’s anthemic hit song written by Chester Powers), Lizz’s interpretation of these songs is distinctive. Just when you thought you could do without another cover of the classic “A Taste Of Honey,” Lizz approaches the song with vibrancy and brings a new sense of history to it.
XPN named Lizz Wright an Artist To Watch in 2003; given the breadth and excellence of her new album, we’re still watching her and with all good reason.
Written by Bruce Warren
Release date: June 14, 2005
XPN CD of the Month for June, 2005
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