Gazzelloni | Cincinnati, OH USA | 06/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"To start, note the difference between this album cover and those of her two previous albums. Rather than being marketed as a sexy woman who happens to have pipes, she is now marketed as a woman with pipes who happens to be sexy. The song selections here cover the spectrum of relationships, ranging from love unreturned to love celebrated. "Little Niles" by Randy Weston tells the story of a boy transitioning from childhood to adulthood, performed at a much slower tempo than the rest of the selections. The selection foreshadows a shift away from torch songs and ballads, and is also the standout track on this album. There are even moments where Abbey mimics the sound of trumpet in exchanges with Benny Golson and Art Farmer. This is absolutely essential for the Abbey Lincoln fan.
Abbey Lincoln (vocals)
Jerome Richardson or Sahib Shihab (baritone sax, flute)
Curtis Fuller (trombone)
Benny Golson or Art Farmer (trumpet)
Paul Chambers or Sam Jones (bass)
Wynton Kelly (piano)
Philly Joe Jones (drums)"