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Lizz Wright, Salt (Verve)
There is nothing wrong with esteemed jazz label Verve trying to get hip again by finding new young talent. And there is nothing wrong with Lizz Wright's voice, which is really quite nice. But they're trying too hard to make her into a jazz singer, and she's just not a jazz singer. She tries gamely, covering everyone from Flora Purim to Mongo Santamaria, but she's much more comfortable singing "Soon As I Get Home" from The Wiz or her own original songs, which are much more R&B than they are jazz: the title track is all sultry Mayfieldismo, and "Fire" is torch the way it should be done.