Sunday, April 9, 2017

Abbey Lincoln !!

Not only did she sing, she also acted, appearing in Mission: Impossible,
and Spike Lee's movie Mo’ Better Blues, playing the young Bleek's
mother, Lillian. Abbey was married to Max Roach for 8 years, and
that union created some highly regarded music such as It's Time (1961)
and the brilliant, Civil Rights themed We Insist! (1960). Her solo
albums from the 50's-70's are considered crowning achievements,
and that's where this post picks up. Here are four albums
by this atrociously talented woman.

Performing Freedom Suite
with Max Roach

That's Him!
1957


Bass – Paul Chambers (3), Wynton Kelly (tracks: B4)
Drums – Max Roach
Piano – Wynton Kelly
Saxophone – Sonny Rollins
Trumpet – Kenny Dorham

Abbey Is Blue
1959


Double Bass – Bobby Boswell* (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B5), Sam Jones (tracks: A2, A4, B2 to B4)
Drums – Philly Joe Jones* (tracks: A2, A4, B2 to B4), Max Roach (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B5)
Flute – Les Spann (tracks: A5)
Guitar – Les Spann (tracks: A2, A4, B2 to B4)
Piano – Cedar Walton (tracks: A3, B1), Phil Wright (tracks: B2 to B4), Wynton Kelly (tracks: A2, A4)
Tenor Saxophone – Stanley Turrentine (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B5)
Trombone – Julian Priester (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B5)
Trumpet – Kenny Dorham (tracks: A2, A4, B2 to B4), Tommy Turrentine (tracks: A1, A3, B1, B5)
Vocals – Abbey Lincoln

Straight Ahead
1961


Bass – Art Davis
Drums – Max Roach
Engineer – Bob d'Orleans
Piano – Mal Waldron
Reeds – Eric Dolphy
Supervised By [Supervision], Liner Notes [1961] – Nat Hentoff
Tenor Saxophone – Coleman Hawkins, Walter Benton
Trombone – Julian Priester
Trumpet – Booker Little
Vocals – Abbey Lincoln

People In Me
1973


Bass – Kunimitsu Inaba
Congas – James Mtume
Drums – Al Foster
Piano – Hiromasa Suzuki
Sopranino Saxophone – David Liebman
Vocals – Abbey Lincoln

9 comments:

  1. https://www.dropbox.com/s/93useu9rop6mutt/Abbey%20Lincoln.zip?dl=0

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  2. That 'People in me' LP is wonderful.

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  3. "..atrociously talented" Seriously! I'd not heard of her prior to your post and she has become one of my favourite singers. A couple of weeks ago, I found this great mix, most of which straight up left me struck dumb. Only the incredible "Africa" is common to the tracks on these albums, but boy, she is a FORCE! "Down Here Below" just killing me. I'm still digesting it all.
    Link to mix:
    https://archive.org/details/AbbeyLincoln.

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    1. She really was amazing. And the music which her and her then husband (Max Roach) made together, is stellar!

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