Abbey Lincoln – Throw It Away (2007)

This version of Throw It Away by Abbey Lincoln is from 2007. The album Abbey Sings Abbey (Verve Records) was her last album before she died three years later.

At almost 77 years of age Abbey Lincoln has been composing, writing and/or performing for almost sixty years, and Abbey Sings Abbey is a stunning collection of some of the singer’s most memorable works.

Lincoln is a writer of some depth and the eleven original tunes on this CD offer strong testament to her poetic talents. The lyrics of each song impart a serious message, it’s true, but her matter-of-fact acceptance of life’s crummier bits leaves one feeling almost optimistic. We all have to go through these awful things, she comforts us by saying, which means that we are not alone.

On this CD Lincoln doesn’t use the straight-ahead jazz arrangements that one might expect of a singer of her generation. Instead, she creates blues- and country-infused moods by the careful employ of some nontraditional jazz instruments—pedal steel guitar, mandolin, accordion and cello. [source]

Tracks: 1. Blue Monk  –  2. Throw It Away  –  3. And It’s Supposed To Be Love  –  4. Should’ve Been  –  5. The World Is Falling Down  –  6. Bird Alone  –  7. Down Here Below  –  8. The Music Is The Magic  –  9. Learning How To Listen  –  10. The Merry Dancer  – 11. Love Has Gone Away  – 12. Being Me

The Line Up:

Abbey Lincoln – Vocals

Larry Campbell – Guitars, Mandolin

Scott Colley  – Bass

Shawn Pelton – Drums

Gil Goldstein – Accordion

Dave Eggar  – Cello


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