Tuesday, August 17, 2010

R.I.P. Abbey Lincoln

Been listening to her absolute masterpiece, Straight Ahead, on repeat. For $6 on itunes and amazon, it's well worth picking up if you don't already own it.

On a related note, Max Roach's bands from this period deserve more attention. Consider that in 1961, Max Roach and some variation of his working band recorded Straight Ahead, Booker Little's Out Front Roach's own Percussion Bitter Sweet and Eric Dolphy's immortal Five Spot performances.

Eric Dolphy, by the way, played on all four records and, in the same year, played on Oliver Nelson's Blues and the Abstract Truth and played on and arranged Trane's Africa/Brass. Oh, and stopped in for a few sets at the Vanguard..

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