April 8, 2008. Posted by Joshua Jackson.
Abbey Lincoln is proof that a rose by any other name smells as sweet. The reigning diva of jazz has had more than a few names over the years. She was born Anna Marie Wooldridge. Her earliest professional names include Gaby Wooldridge and Gaby Lee. For eight years, she was legally Mrs. Max Roach. The cultural minister of Zaire bestowed the name Aminata Moseka.
Abbey Lincoln has certainly earned the right of the great singers in our music, those who need only one name. Billie. Sarah. Ella. Carmen. Betty. Abbey.
For decades, Ms. Lincoln has also been the poet laureate of jazz. Her songs have expressed the essential components of a life unfolding, the sum of our strengths and vulnerabilities. That which makes us human. What's right and what's wrong with us. What we have done. What we can do better.
WBGO recorded Abbey Lincoln at Iridium in New York, October 1996. Marc Cary is the pianist, Michael Bowie the bassist, Aaron Walker the drummer.
© 2008 WBGO
April 8, 2008
I was at the Museum of Modern Art this week for a press screening of a film ("Mickey One" starring a very young Warren Beatty, with music by Eddie Sauter, solos by Stan Getz) that will be part of a film and animation series and art exhibit called Jazz Score. I'll have some more about this on the WBGO Journal very soon, but that's not what this post is about.
The screening sent me to the web looking for jazz animation and I came across this great animation of John Coltrane's "Giant Steps" on You Tube. Take a look. Let it load so that it syncs up. It'll give you a great appreciation of the genius of Coltrane. Emjoy - David Cruz
© 2008 WBGO