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Abbey Lincoln obituary

15 August 2010 10:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jazz singer, actor and civil rights activist strongly influenced by Billie Holiday

If Abbey Lincoln was overwhelmed by the responsibility of being proclaimed "the last of the jazz singers", she never let it show. As her great contemporaries and principal influences among the classic female jazz vocalists fell away – with Billie Holiday the first to go, in 1959, and Betty Carter the last, in 1998 – Lincoln steadfastly maintained her dignified, almost solemn, focus; her tart, deftly timed Holiday-like inflections, and her commitment to songs that dug deeper into life's meanings than the usual lost-love exhalations.

And, like Ella Fitzgerald, who all her life took to a stage as if she were surprised to find anyone had come to see her, Lincoln became the opposite of a celebrated jazz diva. In some of her London performances during the 1990s, she would sit quietly beside the piano, tugging at her clothes, like someone who »

- John Fordham

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'Treme' Music Recap: Authenticity In The City

19 April 2010 5:00 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

By Ben Collins

For an episode that views sincerity and authenticity in such high regard, "Treme" resident historian Creighton Bernette does his best to shoot down that entire concept in the series' second episode, "Meet De Boys on the Battlefront." "It's all about identity," Bernette says, complaining about his college's emphasis on rhetoric and not skills. "Let's not learn how to actually do anything. Let's just sit and learn the complexities of me." But the music in "Meet De Boys" is distinctly thematic — it sits and learns about the complexities of the city itself, and it embraces it like no other collection of music could.

Coco Robicheaux, "Walking with the Spirit"

"Meet De Boys on the Battlefront" starts out with New Orleans' country-blues legend Coco Robicheaux crooning to an ever-attentive Davis during a shift at Wwoz. Robicheaux busts out an up-tempo version of "Walking with the Spirit," and its chorus »

- MTV News

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