Straight Ahead + 5 Bonus Tracks
American Jazz Classics
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5 STARS ALL MUSIC GUIDE
INCLUDES 5 BONUS TRACKS
This release presents the complete original Abbey Lincoln album Straight Ahead (Candid CJM8015), on which she shares the bill with such stars as Eric Dolphy, Coleman Hawkins, Booker Little, Mal Waldron, and Max Roach. An important musical work as well as an eloquent political statement, this now classic album didn’t receive unanimous approval in its day, as Ira Gitler made clear in his Down Beat review (included in its entirety in our booklet), where he accused the singer of being a “professional Negro” The only known alternate take from the session, as well as all existing tunes featuring Lincoln from two other dates from the same period have been added here as a bonus.
Abbey Lincoln (voc), Booker Little (tp), Julian Priester (tb), Eric Dolphy (as, fl, b-cl, picc)
Coleman Hawkins (ts), Walter Benton (ts), Mal Waldron (p), Art Davis (b), Max Roach (d)
Roger Sanders & Robert Whitley (cga, on 6 only) New York, February 22, 1961.
[9-13] BONUS TRACKS:
(9) Abbey Lincoln (vcl), Benny Bailey (tp), Eric Dolphy (as), Kenny Dorham (p),
Peck Morrison (b), Jo Jones (d). New York, November 1, 1960.
(10-13) Abbey Lincoln (vcl), Tommy Turrentine (tp), Julian Priester (tb),
Stanley Turrentine (ts), Ray Bryant (p), Bob Boswell (b), Max Roach (d).
Chicago, October 9 & 10, 1959
01. Straight Ahead
02. When Malindy Sings
03. In The Red
04. Blue Monk
05. Left Alone
06. African Lady
08. African Lady [alternate take]
09. Tainít Nobodyís Bizness If I Do*
10. Concentrate On You*
11. Concentrate On You [alternate take]*
12. Never Leave Me*
13. Never Leave Me [alternate take]*
TOTAL TIME: 73:16