August 15, 2010 by Post Team
Abbey Lincoln, Abbey Lincoln jazz vocalist and talented author in the 60s his career altered by the then-controversial cause of civil rights, died on Saturday in New York. He was 80.
A native of Chicago, Lincoln was also a noted actress who worked with Sidney Poitier in the 1968 comedy, “For Love of Ivy,” in which she played a girl who was looking for career advancement. She also appeared in many television programs in the 70s.
But Lincoln left his most indelible mark on jazz, mainly as a vocalist in a subtle, stately and intense ultimately, who worked with great form. Influenced by Billie Holiday, who played with the dynamic and sang behind the beat of the song when warranted, the addition of sensuality and depth of knowledge to the lyrics.
In 1960, she and drummer Max Roach, who would become her husband two years later, he recorded “We insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite” with lyrics by Oscar Brown and accompanied by Roach, Coleman Hawkins and others, Lincoln sang oppression faced by generations of African Americans and the continuing struggle for freedom and opportunity, their actions ranging from moaning as if in anguish to the strong vocal flights. He was far from standard fare for jazz artists. In ’61, he released “Straight Ahead” in which she fronted a combo that included Roach, Hawkins, EricDolphy and Mal Waldron. For recording, wrote lyrics to “Blue Monk Thelonious Monk.”
For much of the ’70s and in the last 80 years, Lincoln has not recorded much, but in the ’90s, re-emerged as a unique interpreter of the song and began a series of albums of Jean-Philippe Allard that jazz mixing rules, the re-imagined occasional pop melody, and above all, his compositions. In ’97, he released his final masterpiece of the period, “Abbey Sings Abbey”, which served its membership arrangements minimized, not unlike the class and then used by Cassandra Wilson, for whom he served as a influence. She revisited “Blue Monk” as an acoustic blues offering “and is supposed to be Love” with a touch of country and sang “Bird Alone”, which started with StanGetz a decade ago as a jazz ballad, like a drunk The baleful lament. She delivered what may be his most moving, “Throw It Away,” accompanied by a nylon string guitar and accordion, voice, tired perhaps more than ever affected.
“Abbey Sings Abbey” was his last album of new material released during his lifetime. A box, “Over the years,” was published earlier this year. Like “We insist!” Y “Abbey Sings Abbey”, the set of 37 songs is a testament to a woman of many talents who voluntarily became the joy and pain of life into art for the benefit of those who heard and felt her song.
Listen to Lincoln to perform “Throw It Away.”
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