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Abbey Lincoln

As with her hero Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln always meant the lyrics she sang. A dramatic performer whose interpretations were full of truth and insight, Lincoln actually began her career as a fairly lightweight supper-club singer. She went through several name changes (including Anna Marie, Gaby Lee, and Gaby Woolridge) before settling on Abbey Lincoln. She recorded with Benny Carter in 1956 and performed a number in the 1957 Hollywood film The Girl Can't Help It. Lincoln's first of three albums for Riverside (1957-1959) had Max Roach on drums and he was a major influence on her; she began to be choosy about the songs she sang and to give words the proper emotional intensity. Lincoln held her own on her early dates with such sidemen as Kenny Dorham, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Curtis Fuller, and Benny Golson. She was quite memorable on Roach's Freedom Now Suite, showing some very uninhibited emotions. Lincoln's Candid date Straight Ahead (1961) had among its players Roach, Booker Little, Eric Dolphy, and Coleman Hawkins, and she made some important appearances on Roach's Impulse! album Percussion Bitter Suite.

Abbey Lincoln and Max Roach were married in 1962, an association that lasted until 1970. They worked together for a while but Lincoln (who found it harder to get work in jazz due to the political nature of some of her music) became involved in acting and did not record as a leader during 1962-1972. She finally recorded for Inner City in 1973 and gradually became more active in jazz. Her two Billie Holiday tribute albums for Enja (1987) showed listeners that the singer was still in her prime, and she recorded several excellent sets for Verve in the 1990s. In the following years, she released a handful of recordings including Over the Years in 2000; It's Me in 2003; and her final recording, Abbey Sings Abbey, in 2007. Abbey Lincoln died in New York City on August 14, 2010; she was 80 years old. Because she put so much thought into each of her recordings, it is not an understatement to say that every set she issued is well worth owning. ~ Scott Yanow, Rovi
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God gift to us
love love love her my girl
I never heard of her until now, but what a powerful, beautiful voice!
musikinme
why is this a biography for stan getz??
First time hearing her. Listened to the entire song, enraptured.. What a wonderful singer.
Great stuff, just heard of her passing recently, she will be missed. But will always be remembered through her beautiful recordings.
granmaggie
Bird Alone! Abbey spoke to my life and my heart in a most unimaginable way. I saw one of her last performances in Washington at the Kennedy Center, she was amazing. We are so lucky to have her rich body of work to enjoy, anytime.
writeworks
People in Me is missing from this discography. Some of her best work was on that one -- "Africa" particularly masterful.
"you can never lose a thing that belongs to you"
Goodbye Aminata Moseka and thank you.
abbes3
I loved hER music since the frist time i heard it many years ago,Her lyrics have always spoke my heart. Bye Ms MOSEKA/ LINCON LOVE ALEX
Knew nothing of her until after her passing. Really hate that I missed being able to see her in person. Rest in Peace.
repsach23
Heard a couple of former NPR interviews occasioned by her death. Recognized her name but little more. Sorry it took me so long to really listen to her music. Classy performer and lady too.
Read of her death.You tubed her.MY GOD this is GOOD STUFF.
Rest well Ms. Lincoln. We love you and have a recorded legacy to help us remember.
WHAT A WONDERFUL ARTIST!
I WAS JUST LISTENING TO HER YESTERDAY.
WHAT A CONTRIBUTION SHE HAS MADE!
May she rest, peacefully.. . . .
robin.lattin
This Bio does not do her justice, and does not even include her African name-Aminata Moseka.
I think Abbey Lincoln is wonderful. The perfect blend of Billie Holiday and Cassandra Wilson. Her music always touches you, and speaks to your moods.
I love hearing "Bird Alone" for my birthday! Thank you Ms. Lincoln!
modestocogan
First time I've heard her! I've been missing out!
i love her
The world needs a stiff drink and an Abbey Lincoln led U.N. band
I absolutely adore this woman and it's about time you included her masterpiece "A Turtle's Dream"! I was wondering why it wasn't included in her discography.

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