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.