This CD reissue brings back singer Abbey Lincoln's second recording and first for Riverside, adding alternate takes of "I Must Have That Man!" and "Porgy" to the original LP program. Lincoln is accompanied by quite an all-star roster (tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, and drummer Max Roach) and, even this early, she was already a major jazz singer with a style of her own. Lincoln was careful from this point on to only interpret lyrics that she believed in. Her repertoire has a few superior standards (including several songs such as "I Must Have That Man!" and "Don't Explain" that are closely associated with Billie Holiday) plus Oscar Brown, Jr.'s "Strong Man" and Phil Moore's "Tender as a Rose"; she takes the latter unaccompanied. "Don't Explain" is slightly unusual in that Paul Chambers is absent and Wynton Kelly makes an extremely rare appearance on bass. All three of Abbey Lincoln's Riverside albums (each of which have been reissued through the OJC imprint) are well worth several listens.
Personnel: Abbey Lincoln (vocals); Sonny Rollins (tenor saxophone); Kenny Dorham (trumpet); Wynton Kelly (piano, bass); Paul Chambers (bass); Max Roach (drums).
1. Strong Man
2. Happiness Is a Thing Called Joe
3. My Man
4. Tender as a Rose
5. That's Him
6. I Must Have That Man
7. I Must Have That Man (Take 3)
9. Porgy (Take 1)
10. When a Woman Loves a Man
11. Don't Explain