October 27, 2000 |
The number 70 can have a daunting effect on most people, especially when it is attached to a birthday that generally serves as a passage into serious senior citizenship. But not for Abbey Lincoln, who has been celebrating the arrival of her eighth decade Aug. 6 with a new album and a series of live performances with her trio. On Wednesday, she was the opening-act headliner for the San Francisco Jazz Festival. Tonight, she kicks off a rare (and too-brief) weekend run at the Jazz Bakery.
April 4, 1993 |
Some performers keep scrapbooks of their past; Abbey Lincoln keeps history books. In her uptown Manhattan apartment, the jazz singer emerges from the study bearing two thick, black ring binders that she sets down on the dining room table. The carefully preserved press clippings between their covers record a life that has shifted gears as dramatically as the society around it. At first Anna Marie Wooldridge becomes Gaby Lee, a coquettish and beautiful 1950s supper club singer.
August 13, 1995 |
ABBEY LINCOLN "A Turtle's Dream" Verve * * * The dark, complex web of Abbey Lincoln's music is intimately revealed in this new CD, which includes nine of her original songs. The unrelenting intensity of her vision colors everything, and there is little variation in that intensity--whether a tune is about the pleasures of love in "My Love Is You" or the pains of "Should've Been."
February 7, 1993 |
ABBEY LINCOLN "Devil's Got Your Tongue" Verve * * * All but two of the 11 songs here were written by Lincoln, mostly in the 1970s. Some have autobiographical overtones: "Story of My Father" and "Evalina Coffey" were dedicated to her parents. Lincoln's lyrics sometimes involve colorful imagery; at given moments they are poetic, cryptic or simplistic, with melodies that are mainly functional adjuncts.
October 29, 2000 |
Singers, singers, singers--they just keep coming. But that's not necessarily a bad thing, because vocalists--often more so than instrumentalists--can be the conduits that lead listeners into the full experience of jazz. The best most recent example, of course, is Diana Krall, but there are plenty of other gifted singers on the scene. Here's a look at a few who have new releases out this month. *** 1/2 Abbey Lincoln, "Over the Years" (Verve).
August 14, 2010 |
NEW YORK (Reuters) - Jazz singer Abbey Lincoln, whose career spanned six decades and included acting, composing and participation in the U.S. civil rights movement, died on Saturday at age 80, The New York Times reported. Lincoln, who was often said to have been strongly influenced by famed jazz singer Billie Holiday, died at her Manhattan apartment, the Times said, citing her brother David Wooldridge. Starting in the mid-1950s with "Abbey Lincoln's Affair...a Story of a Girl in Love," the Chicago-born Lincoln enjoyed a long and acclaimed singing career.