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This album, Golden Lady, is also titled in earlier (1981) editions as Painted Lady. Both are song tracks. Abbey Lincoln here is backed by a very swinging band led by the tenor saxophone of Archie Shepp, or perhaps Lincoln supports Shepp, because the sound is different from Lincoln's many other recordings. Vocalist and band complement each other. One reason I purchased this album was that I liked the version of her powerful song, Throw It Away, but her sensitive intrepretations of the other tunes, from Ellington's Sophisticated Lady and Stevie Wonder's Golden Lady to Michel Legrand's What Are You Doing the Rest of Your Life surprised me. (Yes, there are three songs with "Lady" in the titles.) This is a strong concept album and Abbey Lincoln is at the top of her style, with emphasis on words and their instrumental phrasing. Other band members are Roy Burroughs, trumpet; Hilton Ruiz, piano; Jack Gregg, bass, and Freddie Waits, drums.