Abbey Is Blue

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Abbey Is Blue
Abbey Is Blue.jpg
Studio album by Abbey Lincoln
Released 1959
Recorded Spring and Fall, 1959
New York City
Genre Jazz
Length 39:19
Label Riverside
RLP 12-308
Producer Bill Grauer and Orrin Keepnews
Abbey Lincoln chronology
It's Magic
(1958)It's Magic1958
Abbey Is Blue
We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite
(1960)We Insist! Max Roach's Freedom Now Suite1960

Abbey Is Blue is the fourth album by American jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln featuring tracks recorded in 1959 for the Riverside label.[1]


Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 4.5/5 stars [2]
New York Age 1/5 stars [3]
The Penguin Guide to Jazz (positive) [4]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[5]

Allmusic awarded the album 4½ stars with the review by Scott Yanow stating, "Abbey Lincoln is quite emotional and distinctive during a particularly strong set... very memorable".[2]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Afro Blue" (Mongo Santamaría) - 3:20
  2. "Lonely House" (Langston Hughes, Kurt Weill) - 3:40
  3. "Let Up" (Abbey Lincoln) - 5:32
  4. "Thursday's Child" (Elisse Boyd, Murray Grand) - 3:31
  5. "Brother, Where Are You?" (Oscar Brown) - 3:10
  6. "Laugh, Clown, Laugh" (Ted Fio Rito, Sam M. Lewis, Joe Young) - 5:24
  7. "Come Sunday" (Duke Ellington) - 5:13
  8. "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Sigmund Romberg) - 2:46
  9. "Lost in the Stars" (Maxwell Anderson, Kurt Weill) - 4:11
  10. "Long as You're Living" (Oscar Brown, Julian Priester, Tommy Turrentine) - 2:33



  1. ^ Riverside Records discography accessed September 13, 2012
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic Review accessed September 13, 2012
  3. ^ Stone, Louise Davis (13 February 1960). "The Jazz Bit". New York Age. p. 12. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  4. ^ Morton, Brian; Cook, Richard (2011). The Penguin Jazz Guide: The History of the Music in the 1000 Best Albums. London: Penguin. ISBN 9780141959009. Retrieved 8 March 2015. 
  5. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 126. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.