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Spirit Free: Abbey Lincoln Songbook

Artist: Kendra Shank
Kendra Shank - Spirit Free: Abbey Lincoln Songbook CD
Label: Challenge
Regular Price: $14.95
On Sale For: $7.48 
Year: 2007
Format: CD


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Front Cover Sticker: endorsement quote by Abbey Lincoln reads, “This album is a generous, wonderful gift. Thank you, kendra.” First authorized album ever by another singer devoted to the songbook of legendary jazz singer-songwriter Abbey Lincoln. Kendra Shank is one of today’s most gifted and appreciated jazz singers. Her three previous CDs charted on jazz radio and received accolades in Time, L.A. Times, Village Voice, Down Beat, JazzTimes, Wall Street Journal, and Washington Post, with Top 10 of the Year awards in Boston Globe, Newsday, and Jazziz. Shank makes these songs her own, with creative arrangements that combine folk, country, and world music infl uences within the jazz context. It will appeal to both vocal and instrumental fans. There is already a buzz in the press about this much-anticipated release, most notably a feature article on Shank in New York’s Village Voice. Liner notes by award-winning author Gary Giddins.

“Shank is supremely talented, innovative and at the same time readily accessible ... there’s no one else quite like her.” — Village Voice

“A striking presence ... her musicianship is powerful.” — Wall Street Journal

“A superbly skilled vocalist, Ms. Shank interprets jazz and pop liberally, but with an abiding respect for melody.” — New York Times

“Shank’s delectable voice—warm-toned, fine-grained, quietly sexy—sets her well apart from the crowd.” — Time

“Shank sounds like sunlight shining through a stained-glass window, her crystalline tone illuminating each song ... she’s defi nitely an original.” — JazzTimes

Kendra Shank: vocals, kalimba
Billy Drewes: soprano & tenor sax, bass
clarinet, percussion
Frank Kimbrough: piano
Dean Johnson: bass
Tony Moreno: drums, percussion
Ben Monder: guitar
Gary Versace: accordion
The Music Is the Magic
I Got Thunder (And It Rings)
Not To Worry
Down Here Below
A Circle of Love
Kendra Shank: Incantation/Abbey Lincoln: Throw It Away
Bird Alone
The World Is Falling Down
Wholly Earth
Natas (a/k/a Playmate)
Being Me
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