Posts Tagged ‘Abbey Lincoln’
Actress, writer, civil rights activist and singer Abbey Lincoln died today at the age of 80. With a career spanning over 6 decades, she will be greatly missed. For some great insights into Abbey and her career, check out the twitter hashtag (AbbeyDobsonRIP) and more specifically, the timeline of @NewBlackMan.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to her friends and family.
@GrownFolksMusic she was a real jewel in the arts a lovely real person .she inspired me beyond words.
Excerpt from the Wall Street Journal:
But Lincoln made her most indelible mark in jazz, primarily as a vocalist with a subtle, stately and ultimately intense manner who worked with the form’s greats. Influenced by Billie Holiday, she toyed with dynamics and sang behind the beat when the song warranted, adding sensuality and a depth of wisdom to the lyrics.
In 1960, she and drummer Max Roach, who would become her husband two year later, recorded “We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Suite Now!” With lyrics by Oscar Brown and accompanied by Roach, Coleman Hawkins and others, Lincoln sang of the oppression faced by generations of African-Americans and the ongoing battle for freedom and opportunity, her performance ranging from moaning as if in anguish to soaring vocal flights. It was far from standard fare for jazz performers. In ’61, she released “Straight Ahead” in which she fronted a combo that featured Roach, Hawkins, EricDolphy and Mal Waldron. For the recording, she wrote lyrics to Thelonious Monk’s “Blue Monk.”
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