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A Turtle’s Dream was released during a highly productive period in Abbey Lincoln’s long and varied career. Working with French producer Jean-Philippe Allard, she composed songs of unusual honesty then wrapped them up in some of the most exquisite jazz sounds she ever recorded. In fine voice throughout, Lincoln considers the promise of life in “Throw It Away,” finds hope of renewal in “Not to Worry” and accepts mortality in the title number. In “Down Here Below,” she engages God in prayerful dialogue against a brooding string backdrop. Breaking this mood of dark contemplation is “Hey, Lordy Mama,” a track drenched in an after-hours blues ambiance. A mystical reading of Eden Ahbez’s “Nature Boy” and a yearning take on Leo Ferre’s “Avec le Temps” compliment her originals. Throughout these tracks, Lincoln combines the poise of a jazz diva with the vulnerability of a confessional poet, singing with an easy grace that reflects her early devotion to Billie Holiday. Guitarists Pat Metheny and Lucky Peterson and bassist Charlie Haden are among the stellar players who contribute to this masterful, deeply moving set.

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A world of gentle swing, a universe all it's own.

There are notes and then there is music. A gentle invitation into a world where heavy hearts know how to float. This album belongs into every jazz collection. Put it next to Johnny Hartman and John Coltrane.


Born: August 6, 1930 in Chicago, IL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

As with her hero Billie Holiday, Abbey Lincoln always meant the lyrics she sang. A dramatic performer whose interpretations were full of truth and insight, Lincoln actually began her career as a fairly lightweight supper-club singer. She went through several name changes (including Anna Marie, Gaby Lee, and Gaby Woolridge) before settling on Abbey Lincoln. She recorded with Benny Carter in 1956 and performed a number in the 1957 Hollywood film The Girl Can't Help It. Lincoln's first of three albums...
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