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Abbey Is Blue

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  • Audio CD (15 Nov. 1999)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Original Jazz Classics
  • ASIN: B00002DG9V
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Audio Cassette  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 551,430 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Abbey Lincoln is not one of the best known of jazz singers. Whereas Ella, Billie and Sarah find their way into most record collections. Abbey remains obscure. Perhaps this is due to the political nature of many of her songs or the more experimental nature of her later work, but whatever the reason it is grossly unfair on a great talent. Hers is a voice gravely and emotive like Billie Holiday's and when she is singing you know she means every single word. Abbey Is Blue is one of the truly great jazz albums, featuring a host of class musicians (Stanley Turrentine, Kenny Dorham and Max Roach to name but three). The haunting pained "Afro-Blue" starts the set, which includes her own aching "Let Up" and Oscar Brown's lament to black ghetto life, "Brother, Where Are You?" This is an album of honesty, which shows that songs with a serious content don't have to be boring, but can be truly lovely to hear. Throughout the set the songs are top quality, the musicians ditto and Abbey's voice is all but perfect. --Phil Brett

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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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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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