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Abbey Lincoln: Abbey Sings Abbey

It’s easy to fault this songbook collection for what it doesn’t contain. The short list would have to include “Story of My Father,” “Devil’s Got Your Tongue” and “I Got Thunder (And It Rings).” Among Abbey Lincoln’s finest songs, these tunes are conspicuously absent here, bumped aside by a few others that aren’t nearly as distinctive or revealing.

Of course, there’s nothing stopping Lincoln from recording another volume down the road, with or without the same cozy ensemble and the artful touch of Gil Goldstein, who contributes three evocative cello and accordion arrangements. It has to be said, though, that Lincoln’s voice isn’t what it once was, and that listeners with access to the original recordings may be tempted to compile their own anthology.

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