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When you meet Abbey Lincoln, you quickly sense that there is something special about her. Something impish in the twinkle of her eye catches you, that of a child who has just thought up a good piece of mischief, a quick and agile mind, a deep hearty laugh that's almost roguish. But there is also a depth and center behind that gaze that speaks of wisdom and experience, of sadness and joy, of feelings strongly felt, of convictions strongly held. Like her last album, the critically acclaimed People in Me (IC 6040), the first recording to feature all-original Lincoln songs, Golden Lady once again finds her blessed with artistic support of the highest phrasing, ears, and taste make him a perfectly complementary voice. Archie knows how to complement another artist, Abbey comments, and he knows how to work and be with you. He made me feel like a queen. With him as well as with the other musicians on this date, I discovered that the really wonderful musicians, the ones with the most to give, are the ones with the most respect, too. Not only for the music, but for those who bring the music. There was a total understanding involved with the music we made, the way we heard and followed each other, without a trace of contention.
|Instruments||Music and Musicians|
|Accompanist/ Conductor||Archie Schepp - tenor sax, Roy Burroughs - trumpet, Hilton Ruiz - piano, Jack Gregg - bass, Freddie Waits - drums|
Customer Reviews (2)
- Superb Auric Recording!!Review by Big Toots
With Golden Lady (originally Painted Lady when recorded and released in Europe), Lincoln’s mature voice is as strong and expressive as ever. She was simply a “restrained powerhouse” of intensity. With a flair for and also background in the dramatic (she acted in numerous Hollywood productions including The Girl Can’t Help It and For the Love of Ivy, (for which she was nominated for a Golden Globe), Lincoln and a unique group of all-coincidentally-in-Paris musicians provide a superlative jazz offering and one in which some of today’s vocalists – both men and women – might consider hearing, if not emulating.
Lincoln covers Duke’s “Sophisticated Lady” sublimely in an almost classic manner, easily shading Billie Holiday, but with a more distinct lyric emphasis and a defined on-the-beat sense of time. Two “ladies” follow: she works Stevie Wonder’s “Golden Lady” uniquely (here taken at a sophisticated, very largo tempo) and her swinging, Gospel-flavored original, “Painted Lady.” Saxophonist Archie Shepp delivers intense, straight-ahead “inside-the-changes” solos on both “women.” On “Throw It Away,” Hilton Ruiz’s keys, Jack Gregg’s bass and Freddie Waits drums give us a creeping – and creepy – minor groove under Lincoln’s vocal up above. What would Paris be without Michel Legrand? On his best-known tune, Lincoln’s heavily accentuated lyrics are a story told. Again Shepp and Ruiz shine. “Caged Bird” is a 12/8 testimony where this Lincoln “addresses” rights messages metaphorically (and is drawn from poet Maya Angelou’s famous work), as well as definitively.
With deep, resonating artistic, cultural/historical and musical messages, Golden Lady is a profound recording from an artist painted 24K with exceptional talent, depth and humanity.
(Posted on 4/28/2015)
- Golden LadyReview by Simon Sez
With a band that includes Archie Shepp and Hilton Ruiz, Abbey Lincoln performs some really high quality material. Some of the songs are hers (including “Throw It Away,” “Painted Lady” and “Caged Lady”), and she also sings a few standards. This is one of those albums where everything worked and Abbey Lincoln never sounded better.
Simon Sez: Abbey Lincoln’s Golden Lady (IC1117) introduces three of her best songs and features Lincoln at her very best.
(Posted on 5/6/2014)