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Abbey Is Blue

  • 1. Afro-Blue
    2. Lonely House
    3. Let Up
    4. Thursday's Child
    5. Brother, Where Are You?
    6. Laugh, Clown, Laugh
    7. Come Sunday
    8. Softly, As in a Morning Sunrise
    9. Lost in the Stars
    10. Long as You're Living
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 069

  • Credits
    ProducerBill Grauer, Jr.; Orrin Keepnews
    EngineerJack Higgins

    Personnel: Abbey Lincoln (vocals); Les Spann (guitar, flute); Stanley Turrentine (tenor saxophone); Kenny Dorham, Tommy Turrentine (trumpet); Julian Priester (trombone); Phil Wright, Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton (piano); Bobby Boswell (double bass); Max Roach, Philly Joe Jones (drums).
    Liner Note Author: Orrin Keepnews.
    Abbey Lincoln recorded three albums for the Riverside label in the late '50s, the last of which was ABBEY IS BLUE. On four cuts, including the album opener, Lincoln is backed by a three-piece horn section and a propulsive rhythm section (including her then-husband, Max Roach). The opening cut features the first vocal presentation of Herbie Mann's "Afro-Blue." Two pieces by Kurt Weill stand nicely alongside numbers by Ellington, Lincoln herself, and other jazz composers of the day. The entire album has the feel of a chamber piece, with its quietly propulsive arrangements and Lincoln's elegant simplicity and emotional depth. ABBEY IS BLUE is yet another highly recommended title from Abbey Lincoln's rich catalog.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (1960) - 5 Stars - Excellent - "..One can but stand in awe at the beauty, artistry, and poignancy of this album...Abbey Lincoln climbs into your very of the most artistically satisfying vocals albums to be had.."
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