3 Pannel Digipack
"Abbey Is Blue" (Riverside RLP 12-308) was the fourth album by Abbey Lincoln, and directly precedes her more adventurous work with drummer (and then-husband) Max Roach. With fine accompaniment from trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Wynton Kelly, Les Spann (doubling on guitar and flute), bassist Sam Jones, and drummer Philly Joe Jones) on seven of the ten numbers, and by Roach’s regular quintet at the time on the other three selections, Lincoln is quite emotional and distinctive. The complete album "Straight Ahead" (Candid CJM8015), on which she shares the bill with such stars as Eric Dolphy, Coleman Hawkins, Booker Little, Mal Waldron, and, again, Max Roach, has been added as a bonus.
ABBEY LINCOLN, vocals on all tracks, with:
Kenny Dorham, Tommy Turrentine (tp), Julian Priester (tb),
Stanley Turrentine (ts), Phil Wright, Wynton Kelly,
Cedar Walton (p), Les Spann (g, fl), Sam Jones,
Bobby Bosswell (b), Philly Joe Jones, Max Roach (d).
New York, March-May 1959.
(*) BONUS ALBUM (11-17): STRAIGHT AHEAD
Abbey Lincoln (vcl), Booker Little (tp), Julian Priester (tb),
Eric Dolphy (as, b-cl, fl, pic), Walter Benton, Coleman Hawkins (ts),
Mal Waldron (p, arr), Art Davis (b), Max Roach (d),
Roger Sanders, Robert Whitley (cga). New York, February 22, 1961.
01 AFRO BLUE
02 LONELY HOUSE
03 LET UP
04 THURSDAY’S CHILD
05 BROTHER, WHERE ARE YOU?
06 LAUGH, CLOWN, LAUGH
07 COME SUNDAY
08 SOFTLY, AS IN A MORNING SUNRISE
09 LOST IN THE STARS
10 LONG AS YOU’RE LIVING
11 STRAIGHT AHEAD (*)
12 WHEN MALINDY SINGS (*)
13 IN THE RED (*)
14 BLUE MONK (*)
15 LEFT ALONE (*)
16 AFRICAN LADY (*)
17 RETRIBUTION (*)
TOTAL TIME: 79:02 Min.