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Kendra Shank - A Spirit Free: An Abbey Lincoln Songbook

25-05-2015, 07:16
Jazz | Vocal Jazz

Kendra Shank - A Spirit Free: An Abbey Lincoln Songbook

Artist: Kendra Shank
Title: Spirit Free: An Abbey Lincoln Songbook
Year Of Release: 2007
Label: Challenge
Genre: Jazz / Vocal Jazz
Quality: Mp3
Bitrate: 320kbps / 44.1Khz / Joint-Stereo
Total Time: 67:31 min
Total Size: 150 MB

01. The Music Is The Magic
02. I Got Thunder, And It Rings
03. Not To Worry
04. Down Here Below
05. A Circle Of Love
06. Incantation/ Throw It Away
07. Bird Alone
08. The World Is Falling Down
09. Wholly Earth
10. Natas (A/K/A Playmate)
11. Being Me

Kendra Shank always performs stimulating and thought-provoking music, but this project is something particularly special. Abbey Lincoln has been writing songs (both music and lyrics) for decades, yet few other vocalists have covered more than one or two of them. Shank, who became a friend of Lincoln's by the mid-'90s, is one of the few exceptions, adding a few of Lincoln's songs to her repertoire and showing that she could do them justice. On A Spirit Free, Kendra Shank, her regular rhythm section, multi-reedist Billy Drewes (who is a major asset throughout) and occasionally guitarist Ben Monder and Gary Versace on accordion, explore a full set of Abbey Lincoln songs. Shank really captures the spirit of the music, digging into the words, phrasing some of the numbers like Lincoln yet putting her own personality in the music too. While "Bird Alone" and "Throw It Away" are the best known of the selections, the other songs also feature insightful lyrics about the world that are worthy of the very best folk music, with haunting melodies and unusual chord structures. The arrangements are creative and advanced, the musicians come up with fresh ideas, and Kendra Shank has never sounded better, though her previous CDs were also excellent. A Spirit Free is a gem, and one of the best jazz vocal albums of 2007. ~Scott Yanow

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