Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Sings Billie (ENJ-9221)

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Abbey Sings Billie

Abbey Lincoln

Enja Jazz Classics

767522922127

ENJ 167293

ENJ-9221

JAZZ

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DIGIPACK EDITION

4 1/2 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE

Abbey Lincoln's idol has always been Billie Holiday. Although she has never really copied Lady Day and she has long had her own style and sound, the feeling and intensity that Lincoln gives the lyrics she interprets is reminiscent of late-period Holiday.

A perfect person to pay tribute to Billie Holiday, Lincoln is joined by the underrated tenor Harold Vick (who would pass away unexpectedly within a short time after this recording), pianist James Weidman, bassist Tarik Shaha and drummer Mark Johnson for fresh renditions of standards. Mal Waldron's "Soul Eyes" is taken as an instrumental feature for Vick and other highlights include "What a Little Moonlight Can Do," "Strange Fruit," an emotional "I'll Be Seeing You" and a song perfectly suited for Abbey Lincoln's voice: "Crazy He Calls Me." One of the singer's best recordings of the 1980s

PERSONNEL:

  • Abbey Lincoln (vocal)
  • Harold Vick (tenor sax)
  • James Weidman (piano)
  • Tarik Shah /bass)
  • Mark Johnson (drums)

Recorded live at Universal Jazz Coalition, New York, November 7 & 7, 1987

TRACKS:

  • 01. What A Little Moonlight Can Do
  • 02. I Only Have Eyes For You
  • 03. Gloomy Sunday
  • 04. Crazy He Calls Me
  • 05. Strange Fruit
  • 06. Lover Man
  • 07. These Foolish Things
  • 08. I'll Be Seeing You
  • 09. Soul Eyes
  • 10. I'll Wind