One of our favorite singers, the great Abbey Lincoln, passed away today. She was 80 years old. Ms. Lincoln was the picture of style and dignity throughout her career. She leaves us with a distinguished body of recordings. Some of our favorites were from the latter albums of her career, including the albums, You Gotta Pay The Band, A Turtle’s Dream, and Who Used To Dance, but we especially liked her Devil’s Got Your Tongue, for her rendering of “Spring Will Be A Little Late This Year“. There’s a lyric in the mournful song that reads, “You have left us and where is our April of old”. There was something about the way she sang that line which was really affecting. At this moment, that line and that song are so appropriate. Abbey has indeed left us, but she’s given us a lifetime of beautiful work for which she will never be forgotten.
The family of Abbey Lincoln has asked that all donations be directed to The Jazz Foundation of America.