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Abbey Is Blue
Abbey Lincoln
Abbey Is Blue
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2006.


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All Artists: Abbey Lincoln
Title: Abbey Is Blue
Members Wishing: 0
Total Copies: 0
Label: Ojc
Release Date: 7/1/1991
Genres: Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Vocal Jazz, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
UPC: 025218606929


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Limited Edition Japanese pressing of this album comes housed in a miniature LP sleeve. 2006.

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You truly hear and feel the singer's love for the songs!
Wim Durang | Belgium | 08/11/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Abbey Lincoln is one of the great jazz legends. Unfortunately, there are too many of those... So not all received the same fame as Ella, Billie and Sarah. Since I discovered her, Abbey Lincoln keeps impressing me, and quickly found a place of honour in my music collection. She is one of a kind and an intelligent and creative artist, going more experimental later on in her career. It sure is no coincidence that she worked with so many great musicians!

I liked to read somewhere that she is rather an "actress with a song" than a singer, with her intense, emotive interpretations. As far as I'm concerned, Abbey even beats her hero Billie Holiday a few times (check also Abbey's 1957 album "That's Him", with "Don't Explain" and "My man").

Indeed, "Abbey is blue" (from 1959) is an essential early recording of Abbey Lincoln. Apparently, Abbey Lincoln was the first to record a sung version of the standard "Afro-Blue", a great opener here.
The aching "Let up" reminds me strongly of Nina Simone (which whom she has the political character of her work in common), yet... it was written by Abbey Lincoln herself!
There's more than a few haunting songs on this album (what's in a name?)! "Lost In The Stars", "Brother, Where Are You?", "Laugh, Clown, Laugh", ... fantastic!!
I wonder how many singers could make the very simply arranged "Lonely house" so captivating as this!

High quality blue atmosphere !"
Abbey has Her Own Way of Jazzing up the Blues
Ken Douglas | Landlocked in Reno | 02/19/2010
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I had been listening to Billie Holiday a lot before this record came out in March of 1959. My dad was so excited by this voice. His enthusiasm was contagious. Billie's method of jazz singing the blues trained me up for this kind of music and I fell right into this record. Abbey has her own way of jazzing up the blues, quietly here, but you feel the pain, especially on "Let Up". If that song doesn't bring a tear out of you, you're not into this kind of music.

The high point for me on this record is Abbey's rendition of "Laugh, Clown, Laugh". I can't help it, even today when I hear this song, I see Red Skelton and feel what he must have felt when his thirteen-year-old son passed away. I can't quite remember what put that image into my head, but it's a sad one, as is this song and Abbey's voice keeps it that way right up till the last note.

"Come Sunday" is a prayer that will bring more tears, such is the power of Abbey's voice. Fortunately this record ends on an uplifting high note with "Lost in the Stars". After the tears, you need to know that you should "live every minute as long as you're living." Never forget it.

This Record is Number 13 on my list of the Best Thirteen Records of 1959."
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Balanced Point of View | Brooklyn, New York | 10/20/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I was first introduced to Abbey Lincoln through film. I have in my collection "For Love of Ivy" in which she co-stars with Sidney Poitier. Also, "Nothing But a Man" in which she co-stars with Ivan Dixon. The films are timeless pieces. I play them again and again. Sidney and Abbey are FUNNY, FUNNY, FUNNY in "For Love of Ivy." (Check them out.)

I knew Abbey sang BUT I didn't know how WELL she sang. Smooth, controlled flexible, melodic tones. Lyrics that had/have significance - then and now. If you like jazz, check out the listening samples and add "Abbey is Blue" to your shopping cart. Shirley Horn - may she rest in peace - is another forgotten notable, as well. She sang the opening and closing theme song to "For Love of Ivy." (Her name is nowhere to be found on the credits - at least not on the VHS I purchased.) Broaden your musical palate.