Through the Years: 1956-2007

Through the Years: 1956-2007

by Abbey Lincoln

Anyone who has followed Abbey Lincoln's career with any regularity understands that she has followed a fiercely individual path and has paid the cost for those choices. Through the Years is a cross-licensed, three-disc retrospective expertly compiled and assembled by the artist and her longtime producer, Jean-Philippe Allard. Covering more than 50 years in her…  See more details below


Anyone who has followed Abbey Lincoln's career with any regularity understands that she has followed a fiercely individual path and has paid the cost for those choices. Through the Years is a cross-licensed, three-disc retrospective expertly compiled and assembled by the artist and her longtime producer, Jean-Philippe Allard. Covering more than 50 years in her storied career, it establishes from the outset that Lincoln was always a true jazz singer and unique stylist. Though it contains no unreleased material, it does offer the first true picture of he range of expression. Her accompanists include former husband Max Roach, Benny Carter, Kenny Dorham, Charlie Haden, Sonny Rollins, Wynton Kelly, Benny Golson, J.J. Johnson, Art Farmer, Stan Getz, and Hank Jones, to name scant few. Disc one commences with "This Can't Be Love" from 1956; one of the best-known tunes off her debut album, arranged and conducted by Golson. But the story begins to change immediately with "I Must Have That Man" with her fronting the Riverside Jazz All-Stars in 1957. Tracks from It's Magic, Abbey Is Blue, and Straight Ahead are here, and the story moves ahead chronologically and aesthetically all the way to 1984. But there are also big breaks stylistically, with her primal performance on "Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace" from We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite in 1960 and the amazing "Lonesome Lover" from It's Time: Max Roach and His Orchestra and Choir in 1962, which is where her story takes its first recording break. It picks up in 1973 with "Africa" from People in Me. It breaks again until 1980, with "Throw It Away" off the beautiful Painted Lady, and continues through appearances with Cedar Walton and Sun Ra. There is another break in the narrative between discs one and two, commencing again in 1990 with the issue of the brilliant The World Is Falling Down on Verve when she began her association with Allard and recorded regularly. This disc contains a dozen tracks all recorded between 1990 and 1992. Disc three commences in 1995 and goes straight through to 2007. The latter two discs reflect the periods when Lincoln finally assumed her rightful status as a true jazz icon; individual track performances from standards to self-written tunes and folk songs are all done in her inimitable style and are well-known to fans. This set is gorgeously compiled and sequenced. As a listen, Through the Years is literally astonishing in its breadth and depth. It establishes her commitment to artistic freedom, and her fierce dedication to discipline, song, and performance. The box features liners by Gary Giddins, and great photographs, as well as stellar sound quality.

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Product Details

Release Date:
Hip-O Select


Disc 1

  1. This Can't Be Love
  2. Don't Explain
  3. I Must Have That Man
  4. Little Niles
  5. Let Up
  6. Come Sunday
  7. Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace
  8. Left Alone
  9. Lonesome Lover
  10. Africa
  11. Throw It Away
  12. The Maestro
  13. The River

Disc 2

  1. The World Is Falling Down
  2. You Must Believe In Spring and Love
  3. First Song
  4. Bird Alone
  5. I'm In Love
  6. A Time for Love
  7. Jungle Queen
  8. A Child Is Born
  9. You Came a Long Way From St. Louis
  10. I Should Care
  11. Through the Years
  12. When I'm Called Home

Disc 3

  1. Avec Le Temps
  2. Mr. Tambourine Man
  3. Love Has Gone Away
  4. And It's Supposed To Be Love
  5. Should've Been
  6. Nature Boy
  7. The Windmills of Your Mind
  8. Skylark
  9. It's Me, O' Lord
  10. Blue Monk
  11. The Music Is the Magic
  12. Down Here Below

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Abbey Lincoln   Primary Artist
Bob Berg   Tenor Saxophone
Steve Coleman   Alto Saxophone
Art Davis   Bass
Eric Dolphy   Bass Clarinet
Kenny Dorham   Trumpet
Ray Drummond   Bass
Art Farmer   Trumpet
Stan Getz   Tenor Saxophone
Roy Hargrove   Trumpet
Billy Higgins   Drums
Hank Jones   Piano
Philly Joe Jones   Drums
Sam Jones   Bass
Wynton Kelly   Bass,Piano
Booker Little   Trumpet
Joe Lovano   Tenor Saxophone
Pat Metheny   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar
Max Roach   Drums
Sonny Rollins   Tenor Saxophone
Hilton Ruiz   Piano
Archie Shepp   Tenor Saxophone
Marvin "Smitty" Smith   Drums
Spann   Guitar
Stanley Turrentine   Tenor Saxophone
Tommy Turrentine   Trumpet
Mal Waldron   Piano
Cedar Walton   Piano
Walter Benton   Tenor Saxophone
Grady Tate   Drums
Laurent Cugny   Conductor
Victor Lewis   Drums
Coleman Hawkins   Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Jerry Gonzalez   Percussion
Bheki Mseleku   Piano,Tenor Saxophone
Alain Jean-Marie   Piano
Kenny Barron   Piano
Benny Carter   Conductor
Bobby Boswell   Bass
Michael Bowie   Bass
Maggie Brown   Vocals
Roy Burrowes   Trumpet
Larry Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Resonator)
Marc Cary   Piano
Paul Chambers   Bass
Clark Terry   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Scott Colley   Bass
Foster   Drums
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone
Jack Gregg   Bass
Charlie Haden   Bass
Bobby Hutcherson   Marimbas
Kunimitsu Inaba   Bass
J.J. Johnson   Trombone
Clifford Jordan   Tenor Saxophone
Rodney Kendrick   Piano
Arlene Knox   Background Vocals
David Liebman   Tenor Saxophone
James Mtume   Percussion
Christian McBride   Bass
Jackie McLean   Alto Saxophone,Soloist
Marcus McLaurine   Bass
Kehinde O'Uhuru   Ashiko Drum
Sulé O'Uhuru   Djembe,Agogo Bell
Babatunde Olatunji   Percussion,Djembe,Ngoma,Asheiko
Shawn Pelton   Drums
Hiromasa Suzuki   Piano
Aaron Walker   Drums
James Weidman   Piano
Naima Williams   Background Vocals
Julien Lourau   Tenor Saxophone
Maxine Roach   Viola
Coleridge-Taylor Perkinson   Conductor
David Williams   Bass
Daniel Moreno   Percussion
Phil Wright   Piano
James Hurt   Piano
Alvester Garnett   Drums
John Robinson   Cello
Jaz Sawyer   Bass,Drums
Brandon McCune   Piano
Billy Johnson   Bass
Jerry Dodgion   Alto Saxophone
Julien Priester   Trombone
Gordy Ryan   Jun-Jun
Freddie Waits   Drums
Bermshee Shirer   Background Vocals
John Ormond   Bass
Mark Johnson   Drums

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Ron Carter   Arranger
Thad Jones   Composer
Michel Legrand   Composer
Max Roach   Composer,Orchestration
Mal Waldron   Composer
Cedar Walton   Composer,Producer
Randy Weston   Composer
John Benson Brooks   Composer
Laurent Cugny   Orchestral Arrangements
Jimmy McHugh   Composer
Richard Rodgers   Composer
Bheki Mseleku   Composer
Abbey Lincoln   Composer
Malcolm Addey   Engineer
Jean-Philippe Allard   Producer
Benny Carter   Orchestral Arrangements
Alan Bergman   Composer
Marilyn Bergman   Composer
Billie Holiday   Composer
Sandra Billingslea   String Arrangements
Sammy Cahn   Composer
John Coltrane   Composer
Bob d'Orleans   Engineer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Claude Ermelin   Engineer
Rudy Van Gelder   Engineer
Gary Giddins   Liner Notes
Charlie Haden   Arranger,Composer
Lorenz Hart   Composer
Jon Hendricks   Composer
Russell Herman   Producer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
Jack Higgins   Engineer
Orrin Keepnews   Producer
Johnny Mandel   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Jay Newland   Producer,Engineer
Randolph Noel   String Arrangements,Viola Arrangement
George Piros   Engineer
Daniel Richard   Producer
Bob Russell   Composer
Axel Stordahl   Composer
Bob Thiele   Producer
Horst Weber   Producer
Paul Francis Webster   Composer
Paul Weston & His Orchestra   Composer
Matthias Winckelmann   Producer
John Kraus   Engineer
Eden Ahbez   Composer
Russell Keith   Producer
Léo Ferré   Composer
Richard Applegate   Engineer
Suenori Fukui   Engineer
Patrice Beausejour   Art Direction
Toshinari Koinuma   Producer
Dorothy Firlds   Composer
Gerard Terrones   Producer
Traditional   Composer
David Baker   Engineer
Benjamin Joubert   Mastering
Julien Priester   Arranger
Joan Griffin   Composer
Alex Wilder   Composer
Eric Terrones   Producer
Emile Flock   Engineer
Jean-Claude Talar   Engineer
Emile de la Tour   Producer

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