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Abbey Lincoln, 1930-2010

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(Sigh!) Heard the bad news this afternoon. Vocally, Abbey Lincoln was the closest thing contemporary jazz fans had to Billie Holiday. Unlike Billie, however, Abbey was always in control of her own image and career. She walked away from a career as a bombshell in the '50s to become an outspoken champion of civil rights (alongside former husband Max Roach) and as the millennium approached had ascended to the status of jazz's premier singer-songwriter. We'll miss you, Abbey…RIP…








Edited by tru blu - 8/14/10 at 6:48pm
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This is a huge loss for jazz lovers. Abbey Lincoln was a great singer, IMO.

Her work became deeper and more meaningful as she got older and got experience. 

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What a huge loss. I've picked up a few of her discs over the years and love them. Wish I could have caught one of her shows.
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Her song "bird alone" with Stan Getz has been the first song on my ipod for a number of years. I've always loved the song and the emotion and feel she puts into every song. An amazing voice I can only hope she went with peace.




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"...the closest thing contemporary jazz fans had to Billie Holiday".


That about sums it up. RIP

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Heads up Head-fiers: It's all Abbey, all day (Mon 16) until 9pm EST at WKCR-FM, the Columbia University radio station. Enjoy.



Edited by tru blu - 8/17/10 at 4:32am
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