Abbey Lincoln: A Child is Born


A Child is Born


Abbey Lincoln (vocals)


Devilís Got Your Tongue

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Abbey Lincoln (vocals), J.J. Johnson (trombone), Grady Tate (drums),

Rodney Kendrick (piano), Marcus McLaurine (bass)


Music by Thad Jones with lyrics by Alec Wilder


Recorded: New York City, NY. February, 1992


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

This reading of Thad Jonesís standard has a sedate, introspective quality, and the solos from Johnson and Kendrick are beautifully executed, fully adding to that atmosphere. The underlying presence of the blues in their playing is thrilling, yet does not tarnish the somber tone of the work. The real show here, however, is Lincolnís singing. Iíd never heard Alec Wilderís words previous to this listening, and Iím not sure theyíve settled in, but the horn-like quality of Lincoln's voice mesmerizes no matter what words come out. Such a unique and precious jazz instrument!

Reviewer: Frank Murphy

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