Abbey Lincoln, “Throw It Away”

Abbey Lincoln, “Throw It Away”

Abbey Lincoln was born Anna Marie Wooldridge, but took the stage name of Abbey Lincoln. She was a jazz vocalist, songwriter, and actress. Abbey was unique in that she wrote and performed her own compositions. She sang on the landmark jazz civil rights recording, “We Insist! – Freedom Now Suite” (1960) by drummer Max Roach, to whom Lincoln was married from 1962 to 1970.

Especially since this album, Abbey Lincoln was connected to the political fight against racism in the United States. She worked with other jazz musicians like Sonny Rollins, Eric Dolphy, Coleman Hawkins, Jackie McLean, Clark Terry, Stanley Turrentine, Wynton Kelly, Cedar Walton, Joe Lovano, Pat Metheny, Ron Carter, Miles Davis and made albums with Stan Getz, Mal Waldron and Archie Shepp.

“Throw It Away” comes from an album she made with Shepp, called “Painted Lady”. She was naturally elegant, her humanity never hidden in artifice. She sang with grace from the center of her being. Her songs showed wisdom and heart. She left us on August 14, 2010. Truly one of the great jazz singers.

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