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Abbey Sings Abbey

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  • Audio CD (May 22, 2007)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Verve
  • ASIN: B000PC1QNI
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #142,318 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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36 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Rick Cornell VINE VOICE on October 11, 2007
Format: Audio CD
I've had this c.d. and listened to it for about a month. Had I reviewed it after first listen, I would have rated it 4 stars.

Abbey Lincoln, nee Anna Marie Wooldridge, is 77-years-old and has been singing professionally for a very long time. Although she has recorded more covers than originals over her career, she is a singularly strong songwriter. Her songs go straight to the heart, straight to the core of human emotion. As Kendra Shank demonstrated earlier this year, on her top-notch "Spirit Free", an album of nothing but Abbey Lincoln songs is destined to be a very good album, indeed.

My first reaction was that these songs sounded better when Abbey first recorded them in the '90's, on such seminal albums as "You Gotta Pay the Band" and "The World Is Falling Down." My second reaction was that this c.d. was recorded over 4 dates, in September and November of 2006, and her voice sounds weaker on some cuts (notably "Blue Monk") than on others.

But then, I read an essay about this c.d. and about Mark Murphy's recent (and wonderful) "Love Is What Stays" by David Hajdu in the September 10, 2007 issue of "The New Republic". And because of that essay, I re-listened to this c.d. with "new ears", and changed my opinion.

As Mr. Hajdu points out, the trend amongst elderly jazz singers is to act their age, unlike some aging rock singers, and to encompass the wisdom of their experience in their art while staying true to their genre, also unlike some aging rock singers. I've written about that as well, in reviews of Murphy's aforesaid album, as well as albums by Shirley Horn, Nancy Wilson and Freddie Cole. I like the honest, indigenous approach.

And that's what we have here, and then some.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By RBSProds TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on May 22, 2007
Format: Audio CD
Five SURPRISING Stars!! Abbey Lincoln has been a pre-eminent jazz singer/songwriter for decades, leading the group more often than not because she was crafting the powerful, unusual, socially conscious songs she sang in her own pure, idiomatic way. She brings her extraordinary skills to this CD in a more different vein than I have ever heard. THe emphasis here is on the song and the delivery in different sonic frameworks. Without the expected pure jazz backgrounds, she adds in different types of music that she soars over, hinting at other exotic and different music forms, relying primarily on Larry Campbell's wonderful guitars with support from Scott Colley's bass, Gil Goldstein's accordion, drummer Shawn Pelton, and Dave Eggar's cello. Even with the different sonic backgrounds, there is still the jazzy, declarative phrasing, that wonderful internal rhythm of the delivery, and the wonderful personal vibrato. And it works beautifully, maybe opening her deeply personal music to other listeners beyond the jazz realm. A jazz singer for the ages and a pure singer for today!

The 'Pieces De Resistance', the best of the best, begin with "The World Is Falling Down" which gets a 'blues with a bounce' treatment that is startling but completely effective: a great performance that demonstrates the universality and capabilities of Abbey's music. "Throw It Away" gets the gypsy treatment, re-inventing the delivery and the atmosphere in a wonderful, mesmerizing performance. "Should've Been" is more along the expected jazz/blues arc: a great performance. "Bird Alone" is pure Abbey Lincoln lyrics and delivery. "Down Here Below" is a powerful, searing testament to living through the times and the pain.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful By latejazzlover on June 5, 2007
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For those who expect their jazz singers to possess a unique timbre, the departure of Shirley Horn passes the "greatest-living-vocalist" crown to the reclusive Abbey Lincoln.
Her voice, while unmistakeably personal, carries the same bluesy texture and total emotional commitment of a royal line going back to Billie Holiday and beyond.
She's also a fine composer whose bittersweet songs have a strong identity.
Warmly backed by a group featuring cellist Dave Eggar, accordionist Gil Goldstein and Larry Campbell on mandolin and various guitars, she sounds contentedly sad.
The first track, Thelonious Monk's "Blue Monk" (lyrics by Lincoln) is the only historically jazz track on this album but it falls in nicely with the folksy country blues exploration of emotion of the rest of the album.
"Should've Been" is real class while "And It's Supposed To Be Love" is a happy-go-Norah Jones time turn.
There's definitely some voodoo mambo going on with "The Music Is The Magic".
The final track, "Being Me" shows an affirmation of an ending which is a bit of a cliché but that's easy enough to overlook bearing in mind the quality of the rest of the CD.
Larry Campbell's guitar work and Gil Goldstein's accordion really set the scene for this uplifting set for the quiet times in your life, but Abbey is the real star here.
Abbey Lincoln (vocals), Larry Campbell (acoustic guitar, electric guitar, National guitar, pedal steel, mandolin), Scott Colley (bass), Gil Goldstein (accordion), Dave Eggar (cello).
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