Abbey Lincoln – Live at Keystone Korner (San Francisco 1979)

Science dropped by Marty AKA Marty McFly. Mar-27-2011

I have found this great and pretty rare recording of Abbey Lincoln and I am here to share it with you guys. It’s a very intense live session, her voice is deep and full of passion, very impressive interpretation indeed.

Read what she think about singing:

Well, I heard Billie Holiday when I was 14, on a Victrola, in the country, where I was living. She was always a great influence on my life. She was social. And she didn’t try to prove that she had a great instrument. This is not the form for people who use that approach. That’s the European classical tradition. We have voices. Louis Armstrong was a great singer. It has nothing to do with having a great voice. So I had a chance to listen and to meet many of these great performers and singers, and I come from Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughan, Ella Fitzgerald, all of these people. I sing in that tradition. I don’t try for anything they do, just like they didn’t try for anything that anybody else was doing, but interpret a song on a level of understanding and with skills, knowing where one is. It’s a brilliant musical form. The musicians are masterful when it comes to theory and harmony. So I’m not here alone. I learned a lot about the music through Max Roach. I didn’t know about Charlie Parker, I didn’t know who he was — or Dizzy Gillespie or Thelonious Monk or all these people. Working with Max, I had a chance to meet some of these folks. All of them.

The session is just twenty two minutes long, only three tunes, but it definitely worth your attention.

Listen to Abbey Lincoln live at Keystone Korner 1979

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  2. Ravel says:

    Wonderful live moment! Thanks for sharing it with us.
    Some stuff she made is a bit rough for me to listen too but when she jazzes, I love it :-)