For the Love of Abbey

Airs Tuesday, August 6 at 9 p.m.  The world lost Abbey Lincoln (Aminata Moseka) in 2010, but her enduring legacy as jazz artist is still very much with us.   To commemorate what would have been her 83rd birthday on August 6th of this year, Peabody Award Winning Producer Jim Luce teams up with Abbey’s pianist Marc Cary to produce a moving tribute. Marc Cary’s new release, “For the Love of Abbey” (on Motema Records) interprets Abbey’s music in moving and emotional renditions on solo piano.  We also hear many tunes from Abbey’s earlier recordings. In her lifetime she recorded with many jazz luminaries that included Max Roach, Bobby Hutcherson, Kenny Baron, Jack Dejohnette, Steve Coleman, Archie Shepp, Pat Metheny, Dizzy Gillespie, Victor Lewis and more.

Beginning in the 90’s and for thirteen years, Marc Cary was the pianist in Ms. Lincoln’s band during which time  she released ten recordings on which she not only sang, but also wrote the music and lyrics. It was Abbey’s most prolific period, leading to her receipt of National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Award in 2003. In this special we hear Abbey Lincoln in her own voice talk about the experiences and view of life that she brought to her music.  Abbey Lincoln was also a philosopher and a poet.  She spoke her mind, both in her music and in person.  She had great depth, and she was hauntingly real.  Her presence was not a safe place for posers. She believed in the magic of music, and her voice seemed capable of casting spells, or chasing away evil spirits.  She was courageous in her determination to express her own voice, and often stated that she did not believe in playing it safe.  She grew into being a warrior woman. Marc Cary tenderly explains to us how Abbey went about infusing her soul into her craft. This beautiful recording released this year on Motema Records, “For the Love of Abbey” and this radio special produced by Jim Luce leaves us all with gratitude that Aminata Moseka will never be forgotten.