Abbey Lincoln: Throw It Away (2006)


Throw it Away


Abbey Lincoln (vocals)


Abbey Sings Abbey (Verve 8900)

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Abbey Lincoln (vocals), Larry Campbell (guitar), Gil Goldstein (accordion),

Scott Colley (bass), Shawn Pelton (drums)


Composed by Abbey Lincoln


Recorded: New York, September 25-27, November 17, 2006


Rating: 89/100 (learn more)

"Throw it Away" is Lincoln's best-known composition, and has gradually become a jazz standard. But nobody sings it like Lincoln. This is not your typical cabaret fare - the lyrics have more in common with a zen koan than Tin Pan Alley. And the melody sounds more like a folk song than a jazz tune. But in an age of conformism, we are grateful for such transgressions. Yet there is more to celebrate here --namely that Lincoln, at age 76, is still performing at a very high level. On this recent Verve release, she shows that she can bring a fresh perspective to a song she has been singing for decades. Goldstein's accordion work deserves special mention too.

Reviewer: Ted Gioia

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