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Straight Ahead

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Straight Ahead
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When Malindy Sings
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In The Red
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Blue Monk
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Left Alone
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African Lady
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Retribution
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John Morthland has been writing about music since the days of electronically rechanneled stereo and duophonic sound. His name has darkened the mastheads of Roll...more »

09.26.06
Abbey Lincoln, Straight Ahead
Label: Candid Productions / The Orchard

Max Roach's wife didn't have the strongest or most flexible voice among jazz singers, but every word she sang cut to the heart like a hot knife through butter; her musical integrity was as uncompromising as her politics and she embodied the jazz zeitgeist. Here she's joined by an all-star lineup anchored by Roach and featuring Eric Dolphy, Coleman Hawkins, Booker Little, Mal Waldron and Julian Priester. Theloniousread more »

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Powerful.

RobG

Really powerful album. Check this and Max Roach "We Insist! Freedom Now!" for the same type of sound with a more political bent.

They Say All Music Guide

Reissued several times since it originally came out on a Candid LP, this is one of Abbey Lincoln’s greatest recordings. It is a testament to the credibility of her very honest music (and her talents) that Lincoln’s sidemen on this date include the immortal tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins (who takes a memorable solo on “Blue Monk”), Eric Dolphy on flute and alto, trumpeter Booker Little (whose melancholy tone is very important in the ensembles), pianist Mal Waldron, and drummer Max Roach. Highpoints include “When Malindy Sings,” “Blue Monk,” Billie Holiday’s “Left Alone,” and “African Lady.” – Scott Yanow