This is a more defiant sounding Abbey. Her signature album, Abbey is Blue, is with the same group that was on It's Magic, but with a much stronger edge. She joins Max Roach on We Insist! Freedom Now Suite which plays directly off the Civil Rights movement. Straight Ahead - Abbey Lincoln has her teamed up with Mal Waldron, Julian Priester and others in what is probably her most abrasive album, but no less interesting to listen to. This is no longer the "showgirl" from her first album, Affair. She has become a force majeure and the three albums collected in this set best represent her work.
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