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!

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

Abbey Is Blue

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

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

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



    1. Some links are dead again!!! Great stuff btw!!!!

    2. My apologies for the incorrect assessment!

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

  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:

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

  4. Re-upped link

  5. Many thanks! Also for the good discoveries, the music I was looking for since years... Many many thanks! Definitely inspirational music, please don't stop. Bruno