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The legendary Abbey Lincoln closed out her recording career with the elegantly poignant Abbey Sings Abbey, an album filled with bittersweet wisdom. Lincoln reconsiders some of her best compositions here, giving them an eclectic spin that ranges beyond jazz into acoustic folk and country terrain. With wistful dignity and a touch of wry humor, she gives “Should’ve Been,” “Bird Alone” and “The World Is Falling Down” a nuanced treatment that brings out the aches and ironies in each line. She balances the brooding spirit of “Down Here Below” with brighter tunes like “The Merry Dancer.” Lincoln’s vocals are rich and potent, flowing with the rhythmic subtleties that always distinguished her work. Her backup combo plays with taste and imagination, with Gil Goldstein’s accordion and Scott Colley’s standup bass adding especially luminous colors. Between the hopeful self-liberation of “Throw t Away” and the clear-eyed autobiography of “Being Me,” Lincoln bares her heart with courage and grace. It makes for a haunting farewell statement by an artist who never gave less than her all.

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I love this CD!

I love this CD. How wonderful it must feel to look this great, sound this great and to have something to say this great while still moving forward at 77. What an inspiration! This CD is my summer groove it is elegant, vibrant and easy. You should add this to your collection!


Abbey's voice & choice of arrangement makes this album wonderful. One of the truly gifted songwriters of our time.

Highly recommended

It may be Norah's time to shine, but it'll always be Abbey's world.


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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