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Abbey Lincoln: Abbey Sings Billie, Vol. 2

Album Reviews:

Down Beat (3/93, p.33) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "...the best kind of tribute: she takes the material and respectfully makes it her own..."

Album Notes

Personnel: Abbey Lincoln (vocals); Harold Vick (tenor saxophone); James Widman (piano); Tarik Shah (bass); Mark Johnson (drums).

Recorded at the Universal Jazz Coalition, New York, New York on November 6 &

7, 1987. Includes an interview with Abbey Lincoln as conducted by Adger Cowans.

Recorded live in New York City over two nights in 1987, this second volume continues Abbey Lincoln's loving tribute to her primary influence, Billie Holiday. Lincoln herself puts it best when she says, "I wanted to just say thank you to Billie with this album, because I can't imagine what it would have been for me if she hadn't been there." Backed by a splendid quartet, Lincoln can soar over their solid foundation as well as be embraced by the supple folds of their sympathetic arrangements. Harold Vick's tenor saxophone is a fine foil for Lincoln; his solos echo the same bluesy poetics of her singing. These recordings also marked the beginning of Lincoln's reemergence, which took full flower in the '90s with a wonderful series of albums on the Verve label.



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