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The World Is Falling Down's title seems to indicate a grim outlook on Abbey Lincoln’s part. In fact, this emotionally resonant set displays a fierce attachment to life in the face of the world’s disappointments. The album showcases Lincoln’s mature vocal manner, one that combines elegant supper-club flourishes with the gutsy phrasing of New Orleans-style jazz. The title tune’s bluesy melodic shadings frames a lyric filled with unconquerable hope. Lincoln seamlessly pairs aching interpretations of “How High the Moon” (sung in French) and “You Must Believe in Spring and Love” with sassier material like “Hi-Fly” and her own “I Got Thunder (And It Rings).” Her readings of romantic tunes like “When Love Was You and Me” and “Live for Life” convey a rare sort of poignancy, one informed by her own personal struggles. A good deal of credit for the album’s excellence goes to Lincoln’s all-combo, featuring such luminaries as bassist Charlie Haden, drummer Billy Higgins, pianist Alain Jean-Marie, flugelhornist Clark Terry and alto saxophonists Jackie McLean and Jerry Dodgion.

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Live for life

I was about to exit my car and I heard live for life. I ended up waiting until the song ended. It put me in a serene mood which is hard to describe. .


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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