Abbey Lincoln – A Turtle’s Dream (1995)

The great Abbey Lincoln has been slated for some attention on this blog for years. At various points I have had one or another record from her early career lined up in the proverbial queue and yet they somehow missed the train.  I’ve had a bit of melancholy and existential blues lately and her music is just the right thing for it.  The title track in particular may become my new anthem. The album also features a cover of “Nature Boy” (meh) followed immediately by the Leo Ferré song “Avec Le Temps” (well, that was a pleasant surprise).  Charlie Haden holds down the bass on most of the cuts except for two tracks featuring Christian McBride and the recently-departed Roy Hargrove, who really gets to shine on “Storywise.”

Abbey Lincoln
A Turtle’s Dream
1995 Verve Records / Gitanes Jazz 314 527 382-2

1 Throw It Away 5:41
2 A Turtle’s Dream 6:28
3 Down Here Below 8:48
4 Nature Boy 5:04
5 Avec Le Temps 5:38
6 Should’ve Been 7:57
7 My Love Is You 5:43
8 Storywise 4:21
9 Hey, Lordy Mama 7:13
10 Not To Worry 5:46
11 Being Me 6:17



Recorded At – Clinton Recording Studio

Bass – Charlie Haden, Christian McBride (tracks: 4, 8), Michael Bowie (tracks: 7, 9)
Drums – Victor Lewis
Guitar – Pat Metheny (tracks: 1, 5, 6, 11)
Guitar, background vocals – Lucky Peterson (tracks: 9)
Piano – Kenny Barron (tracks: 3, 11), Rodney Kendrick
Soprano and tenor saxophone – Julien Lourau
Trumpet – Roy Hargrove (tracks: 4, 8)
Vocals – Abbey Lincoln

Strings arranged by Laurent Cugny (tracks: 1), Randolph Noël (tracks: 3)

Producer – Jean-Philippe Allard
Design – CB Graphic




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  1. Thanks! Looking forward to exploring this.

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