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Joe Lovano on Abbey Lincoln

September 13 2012

“Abbey was one of the most distinctive voices in modern jazz. She told some beautiful honest stories about her life and experiences and had a way of expression that touched you in a very personal way. Abbey’s tunes and interpretations were full of meaning with each word articulated with deep passion. She was a beautiful story teller. I learned how to speak a melody playing and listening to her in a more personal way. When she called me to play on her recording ‘Over the Years’ I was excited and thrilled. It is one of the highlights of my career. I felt I was accepted into her inner circle which included Coleman Hawkins, Max Roach, Thelonious Monk and other modern jazz legends. I’ll miss seeing her and being in a room with her and her music and I will celebrate that inspiration for the rest of my life.”