Sunday, August 15, 2010

Jazz Great Abbey Lincoln - {August 6, 1930 – August 14, 2010}


Jazz singer, actress and civil rights advocate Abbey Lincoln died yesterday at age 80. I only recently got into Ms. Lincoln's music but I've been a fan of her film acting for a while. The first film I saw her in was, "Nothing But A Man" (1964) with Ivan Dixon. As well she starred in the film, "For Love of Ivy" (1968) with Sidney Poitier.

She also did a lot of television work in the 70's and such as guest appearances on, "All in the Family", "Marcus Welby, MD" and, "Mission Impossible".



But Abbey Lincoln was primarily known as one of the great jazz singers of all-time. Ms. Lincoln leaves us with some of the greatest jazz vocals ever recorded.

Anna Marie Wooldridge in a 1956 Jet Magazine appearance before she became professionally known as Abbey Lincoln







Read more about Abbey Lincoln here


10 comments:

Moanerplicity said...

Before I'd acquired a taste for jazz, I knew her only as an actress who didn't work nearly enough. Loved her in "Nothing But a Man" & "For Love of Ivy." She projected a sustained black dignity that perfectly suited Mr. Poitier's.

THEN... when I heard her sing. OMG! She stood as a quiet revoluntionary alongside Max Roach & both their contributions are already legendary. Just listen to The Freedom Suite! Enough said.

I saw her only once. She attended & performed @ Jimmy Scott's 80th birthday celebration concert @ the Blue Note just a few years back. Like some anonited Jazz Queen, she had such a stately, regal bearing that I just sat there in AWE of her.

As a singer/songwriter, Abbey Lincoln's composition of the song "Bird Alone" was beyond BRILLIANT! Such profoundly lonely poetry w/in it & yet it's also the song of a survivor. Her vocal style was definitely Billie-esque in mood, but even more plaintive. Something about her performances clung to you & haunted on the skin long after she stopped singing.

So sad right now.

We had never LOST someone very special... but Heaven has gained another imperial songtress in its already magnificent choir!


RIP, Ms. Lincoln.


One Love.

Desertflower said...

Beautiful voice! She was also very outspoken and to the point. RIP

Val said...

@Lin

I can't believe that I had never heard of The Freedom Suite until yesterday! From what I've heard it's a masterpiece. I'm def going to listen to it.

Yeah she def had acting skills. She will be missed.

Val said...

@Desertflower

I was just reading about her outspokenness. She was a multi-layered woman indeed.

Daij said...

i watched that movie nothing but a man just recently. RIP

Val said...

@Daij

I have that film on dvd. I think I'll watch it again this week. I think I'm also going to buy For Love of Ivy too.

Jason said...

RIP to a legend and a class act!

Val said...

@Jason

Class act indeed!

Nelesc said...

Oh my goodness! Have to make a shirt to honor her!!!

Val said...

@Nellie

That would be nice. I can't wait to see it.

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Soldier Of Love

I've lost the use of my heart
But I'm still alive
Still looking for the life
The endless pool on the other side
It's a wild wild west
I'm doing my best

I'm at the borderline of my faith,
I'm at the hinterland of my devotion
In the frontline of this battle of mine
But I'm still alive

I'm a soldier of love.
Every day and night
I'm soldier of love
All the days of my life

I've been torn up inside (oh!)
I've been left behind (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound
(oooh oohhh)

I know that love will come (that love will come)
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love (soldier of love)
Every day and night
I'm a soldier of love
All the days of my life

I am lost
But I don't doubt (oh!)
So I ride
I have the will to survive

In the wild wild west,
Trying my hardest
Doing my best
To stay alive

I am love's soldier!

I wait for the sound

I know that love will come
I know that love will come
Turn it all around

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(4x)

I'm a soldier of love
I'm a soldier

Still waiting for love to come
Turn it all around
(3x)

Still waiting for love to come

Miss Keri Baby!

Tracee!

Solange!

Solange!
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Alicia says...

Rest in Peace Mitrice

Rest in Peace Mitrice
Mitrice Richardson