Through the Years: 1956-2007

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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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 ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 2/9/2010
  • Label: Hip-O Select
  • UPC: 600753209615
  • Catalog Number: 001391902
  • Sales rank: 240,897

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 This Can't Be Love (2:25)
  2. 2 Don't Explain (6:42)
  3. 3 I Must Have That Man (3:57)
  4. 4 Little Niles (5:06)
  5. 5 Let Up (5:30)
  6. 6 Come Sunday (5:13)
  7. 7 Triptych: Prayer/Protest/Peace (8:09)
  8. 8 Left Alone (6:48)
  9. 9 Lonesome Lover (7:04)
  10. 10 Africa (7:10)
  11. 11 Throw It Away (6:36)
  12. 12 The Maestro (4:40)
  13. 13 The River (4:58)
Disc 2
  1. 1 The World Is Falling Down (6:22)
  2. 2 You Must Believe In Spring and Love (6:01)
  3. 3 First Song (6:30)
  4. 4 Bird Alone (8:32)
  5. 5 I'm In Love (6:10)
  6. 6 A Time for Love (8:40)
  7. 7 Jungle Queen (6:11)
  8. 8 A Child Is Born (6:22)
  9. 9 You Came a Long Way From St. Louis (3:55)
  10. 10 I Should Care (5:44)
  11. 11 Through the Years (5:15)
  12. 12 When I'm Called Home (5:25)
Disc 3
  1. 1 Avec Le Temps (5:39)
  2. 2 Mr. Tambourine Man (6:52)
  3. 3 Love Has Gone Away (7:36)
  4. 4 And It's Supposed To Be Love (5:11)
  5. 5 Should've Been (7:56)
  6. 6 Nature Boy (5:05)
  7. 7 The Windmills of Your Mind (5:55)
  8. 8 Skylark (5:24)
  9. 9 It's Me, O' Lord (3:40)
  10. 10 Blue Monk (5:13)
  11. 11 The Music Is the Magic (3:54)
  12. 12 Down Here Below (8:48)
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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, Guitar, Electric Guitar
Max Roach Drums
Sonny Rollins Tenor Saxophone
Hilton Ruiz Piano
Archie Shepp Tenor Saxophone
Marvin "Smitty" Smith Drums
Les 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, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Guitar (Resonator)
Marc Cary Piano
Paul Chambers Bass
Clark Terry Trumpet, Flugelhorn
Scott Colley Bass
Al 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 Jr. 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 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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