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Abbey Is Blue [Import]

Abbey Lincoln Audio CD
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  • Audio CD (2 Jan 1993)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Import
  • Label: Ace Records
  • ASIN: B000025MXH
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 474,389 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD
Abbey Lincoln is one of the great jazz legends. Unfortunately, there are too many of those... So not all received the same fame as Ella, Billie and Sarah. Since I discovered her, Abbey Lincoln keeps impressing me, and quickly found a place of honour in my music collection. She is one of a kind and an intelligent and creative artist, going more experimental later on in her career. It sure is no coincidence that she worked with so many great musicians!

I liked to read somewhere that she is rather an "actress with a song" than a singer, with her intense, emotive interpretations. As far as I'm concerned, Abbey even beats her hero Billie Holiday a few times (check also Abbey's 1957 album "That's Him", with "Don't Explain" and "My man").

Indeed, "Abbey is blue" (from 1959) is a great and essential recording.

Apparently, Abbey Lincoln was the first to record a sung version of the standard "Afro-Blue", a great opener here.

The aching "Let up" reminds me strongly of Nina Simone (which whom she has the political character of her work in common), yet... it was written by Abbey Lincoln herself!

But there's more than a few haunting songs on this album (what's in a name?)! "Lost In The Stars" (divine), "Brother, Where Are You?", "Laugh, Clown, Laugh", ... it sounds all fantastic!!

I wonder how many singers could make the very simply arranged "Lonely house" so captivating!

High quality blue atmosphere !
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars This is pretty much.... 2 Mar 2011
Format:MP3 Download
my favourite jazz vocal album. The production is pretty stripped down and sounds quite modern - in a good way. I'm not very keen on the big bands that ruin a lot of the great jazz singers albums so this really works for me. You need to work a little to get used to Lincoln's intonation but her tone and phrasing are very horn like which lends some of the tracks a particularly haunting ambience.

All in all, I highly recommend this. Then download Julie London's 'Lonely Girl', stick 'em on you Mp3 player and settle down for an evening of great, intimate, jazz singing.

Mmmm, niiice.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You truly hear and feel the singer's love for the songs! 11 Aug 2006
By Wim Durang - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Abbey Lincoln is one of the great jazz legends. Unfortunately, there are too many of those... So not all received the same fame as Ella, Billie and Sarah. Since I discovered her, Abbey Lincoln keeps impressing me, and quickly found a place of honour in my music collection. She is one of a kind and an intelligent and creative artist, going more experimental later on in her career. It sure is no coincidence that she worked with so many great musicians!

I liked to read somewhere that she is rather an "actress with a song" than a singer, with her intense, emotive interpretations. As far as I'm concerned, Abbey even beats her hero Billie Holiday a few times (check also Abbey's 1957 album "That's Him", with "Don't Explain" and "My man").

Indeed, "Abbey is blue" (from 1959) is an essential early recording of Abbey Lincoln. Apparently, Abbey Lincoln was the first to record a sung version of the standard "Afro-Blue", a great opener here.

The aching "Let up" reminds me strongly of Nina Simone (which whom she has the political character of her work in common), yet... it was written by Abbey Lincoln herself!

There's more than a few haunting songs on this album (what's in a name?)! "Lost In The Stars", "Brother, Where Are You?", "Laugh, Clown, Laugh", ... fantastic!!

I wonder how many singers could make the very simply arranged "Lonely house" so captivating as this!

High quality blue atmosphere !
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential 10 May 1999
By David Scott - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
No collection of vocal jazz should be without this. Abbey's versions of Kurt Weill's "Lonely House" and especially "Lost in the Stars" are classic. Many of the performances are imbued with the spirit of the times as well; you can't hear this album and not think about the nascent Civil Rights Movement. A deeply moving and human experience.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the greats 30 Aug 2010
By toronto - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
This is a great album, only marred by some bad mike placement -- some of the tracks sound like they were recorded in someone's basement.
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5.0 out of 5 stars An Essential Recording 10 Mar 2009
By Argonaut - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
There is a haunting melancholy undertone to this recording, reflective of the mood in this country at the time; yet, it remains a seminal piece of work by this amazing artist. Abbey Lincoln is essentially a poet, able to translate nuances into song without over-embellishment, and through impeccable phrasing. 'Afro Blue' and Brother, Where Are You?' are probably my favorite tracks but they are all great. I've had the pleasure to see Abbey Lincoln perform twice in the last decade or so, and her artistry only continues to grow. She write much of her material herself. I believe she is one of the great jazz singers and poets of our time.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Get It! 20 Oct 2007
By Balanced Point of View - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Audio CD
I was first introduced to Abbey Lincoln through film. I have in my collection "For Love of Ivy" in which she co-stars with Sidney Poitier. Also, "Nothing But a Man" in which she co-stars with Ivan Dixon. The films are timeless pieces. I play them again and again. Sidney and Abbey are FUNNY, FUNNY, FUNNY in "For Love of Ivy." (Check them out.)

I knew Abbey sang BUT I didn't know how WELL she sang. Smooth, controlled flexible, melodic tones. Lyrics that had/have significance - then and now. If you like jazz, check out the listening samples and add "Abbey is Blue" to your shopping cart. Shirley Horn - may she rest in peace - is another forgotten notable, as well. She sang the opening and closing theme song to "For Love of Ivy." (Her name is nowhere to be found on the credits - at least not on the VHS I purchased.) Broaden your musical palate.
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