Lizzy Parks Raise the Roof

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Songstress Lizzy Parks has already cut her teeth with the likes of Chris Bowden, the Heritage Orchestra, and numerous live gigs. Raise the Roof, her second full-length, goes deep into jazz, with major production props from Nostalgia 77 (nee Ben Lamden) and lush strings from Riaan Vosloo of N77's live octet. Parks is clearly front and center, never becoming overshadowed by the brilliant, organic arrangements. There's no shortage of variety here, as "Time" is an intimate number with beautiful touches of haunting melancholy, while "Spring Time" swings with a snappy, energetic fusion of horns, organs, and bass to match Parks' bouncy vocal stride. Confident from start to finish, Raise is a marvelous and exquisite delight.