1. Open Your Eyes
3. Afro Blue
4. Soon As I Get Home
5. Walk With Me, Lord
8. Vocalise/End Of The Line
10. Blue Rose
11. Lead The Way
- Personnel includes: Lizz Wright (vocals); Myron Walden (alto saxophone); Derrick Gardner (trumpet); Vincent Gardner (trombone); Kenny Banks (acoustic piano, Fender Rhodes piano); John Cowherd (acoustic piano); Sam Yahel (Hammond B-3 organ); Sarah Adams, Ron Carbone, Crystal Garner, Judy Witmerr (viola); Ellen Westerman (cello); Adam Rogers (acoustic, electric & bottleneck guitars); John Hart (acoustic guitar, guitar); Brian Blade (acoustic guitar); Doug Weiss (acoustic bass); Brian Blade, Terreon Gully, (drums); Jeff Haynes (percussion).
- Producers: Tommy LiPuma, Brian Blade, Jon Cowherd.
- Recorded Right Track Studios, New York, New York between August and December, 2002.
- Vocalist Lizz Wright delivers jazz that harks back to such luminaries as Nina Simone and Abbey Lincoln on her debut Verve release, Salt. Still in her early twenties, Wright has a warm, dusky voice reminiscent of Cassandra Wilson and similarly to Wilson seems interested in tackling an eclectic mix of jazz standards, traditional folk, and R&B. Early on, a folky afterglow-Latin version of "Afro Blue" takes center stage followed by the gorgeous "Soon as I Get Home," which betters the version from The Wiz. Wright fairs equally well as a songwriter with about half the album filled with her soaring, bluesy ballads. There is a melancholy yet positive '70s vibe that eminates from songs like "Fire," which resonates lyrically as well as melodically much like the personal/sociopolitical writing of another of Wright's obvious inspirations, Terry Callier. Perhaps a little too low-key to register very high on the pop radio scale, but invested with enough sanguine emotionality and chops to make Salt easily recommended to fans of the neo-soul movement. ~ Matt Collar
Vibe (6/03, p.156) - 4 out of 5 - "...On SALT, her heartfelt debut, Wright balances the melodic and rhythmic ingenuity of R&B with the sophisticated intimacy of coffeehouse jazz..."
Mojo (Publisher) - 4 out of 5 stars - "...Wright's voice, with its mellow, richly expressive tone, is a constant delight..."