Josef Woodard
April 25, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

Who Used to Dance

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Abbey Lincoln
genre
Jazz

We gave it an A-

In Who Used to Dance, Abbey Lincoln sings in a voice both wise and childlike, reminiscent of Billie Holiday but in her own private groove. She melts into ballads like no one else, as on ”Love Has Gone Away,” and turns Dylan’s ”Mr. Tambourine Man” into an unfurling meditation between jazz and folk. Cameos include saxists Steve Coleman, Frank Morgan, and Oliver Lake and, on the title cut, tap dancer Savion Glover. As expected, Lincoln bends time and massages the heart. A-

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