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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
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.
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VINE VOICEon January 29, 2013
I'll add to the chorus by saying this is a great album. Abbey never sounded so good and Archie Shepp is a perfect match. The album is from what you might say is her forgotten period in the 80s, when she went by the name Aminata Moseka. This was long after her wonderful collaborations with Max Roach and before her great resurgence with You Gotta Pay the Band with Stan Getz. There is another version of the album called Painted Lady with the same tracks and personnel, which I believe is a reissue of this album, dated 1987. I can't be certain of this. You can't go wrong either way.

Three signature songs on this album, notably Throw It Away, one of my all time favorites. Great reworking of Stevie Wonder's Golden Lady and Duke Ellington's Sophisticated Lady, ending on a wonderful re-imagining of Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings, simply titled Caged Bird. Super Album!
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on November 25, 2012
AMAZING. The above titled song is simply the best that jazz has to offer; when diving into it's core...the essence of Jazz captivates. The tempo conflict alone shows the dynamic properties jazz uses to captivate it's listner.
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1 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on February 3, 2010
This CD was excellent. all of the songs were enjoyable to listen to. Abbey Lincoln is one of my favorite recording artist.
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