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It’s Magic: Abbey Lincoln on Riverside

This week on Afterglow we’ll feature the early recordings of singer Abbey Lincoln, made for the Riverside label in the late 1950s, that showcased her jazz vocal chops before she went on to make social-message albums such as We Insist! with husband Max Roach.

Although Lincoln’s Riverside records hew to a more conventional songbook, hints of her later direction surface in performances such as “Afro-Blue” and “Brother, Where Are You?” Sidemen include tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins and trumpeter Kenny Dorham.

We’ll also hear new music from multi-instrumentalist James Carter and singer-songwriter Melody Gardot.

David Brent Johnson

Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, David Brent Johnson moved to Bloomington in 1991. He is an alumnus of Indiana University, and began working with WFIU in 2002. Currently, David serves as jazz producer and systems coordinator at the station. His interests include literature, history, music, writing, and movies.

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