Straight Ahead (Abbey Lincoln album)

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Straight Ahead
Straight Ahead (Abbey Lincoln album).jpg
Studio album by Abbey Lincoln
Released 1961
Recorded February 22, 1961
Genre Jazz
Length 38:52
Label Candid
Producer Nat Hentoff
Abbey Lincoln chronology
Abbey Is Blue
(1959)Abbey Is Blue1959
Straight Ahead
People in Me
(1973)People in Me1973

Straight Ahead is an album by American jazz vocalist Abbey Lincoln featuring performances recorded in 1961 for the Candid label.[1]


The Allmusic review by Scott Yanow awarded the album 5 stars and stated that "this is one of Abbey Lincoln's greatest recordings".[2]

Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic5/5 stars[2]
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide3/5 stars[3]

Track listing[edit]

  1. "Straight Ahead" (Abbey Lincoln, Earl Baker, Mal Waldron) — 5:24
  2. "When Malindy Sings" (Oscar Brown, Paul Lawrence Dunbar) — 4:05
  3. "In the Red" (Chips Bayen, Abbey Lincoln, Max Roach) — 8:32
  4. "Blue Monk" (Abbey Lincoln, Thelonious Monk) — 6:39
  5. "Left Alone" (Billie Holiday, Mal Waldron) — 6:48
  6. "African Lady" (Langston Hughes, Randy Weston) — 3:46
  7. "Retribution" (Abbey Lincoln, Julian Priester) — 3:50
  • Recorded at Nola Penthouse Studios in New York City on February 22, 1961



  1. ^ Booker Little discography, accessed March 15, 2011.
  2. ^ a b Yanow, S. Allmusic review, accessed March 15, 2011.
  3. ^ Swenson, J., ed. (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 126. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.