ONE LP@DOCUMENTING JAZZ_2020: Anita Wardell: Musician

{quote}It is so special because, as many people know, that Abbey Lincoln passed away earlier this year [August 2010] and I have always been really inspired by her.   From a very early age, she was one of the – you know, after Ella Fitzgerald – she was the next person I really got into.  So I am a massive fan of her and I’ve got all her albums.  	The reason I chose this is because I think this is one of the lesser-known ones but there’s beautiful tracks on here and the one that I really love is “Exactly Like You” because I listened to another version of this by Carmen McRae, which I love, and when I heard this version I loved this equally.  You know, it’s the way her sentiment, the way she gets the lyrics across, are so different to a lot of other singers.  She is very deep when she sings and you can really hear a lot of emotion.  Not in the same way that you can with Billie Holiday but you know it’s coming from a real spiritual sort of place, when she plays and that’s why I love her.{quote}Anita Wardell: The Spa, Scarborough, 26th September 2010Abbey Lincoln: It's Magic - released 1958Anita Wardell
Anita Wardell: Musician, Abbey Lincoln: It's Magic

 

"It is so special because, as many people know, that Abbey Lincoln passed away earlier this year [August 2010] and I have always been really inspired by her. From a very early age, she was one of the – you know, after Ella Fitzgerald – she was the next person I really got into. So I am a massive fan of her and I’ve got all her albums.  

The reason I chose this is because I think this is one of the lesser-known ones but there’s beautiful tracks on here and the one that I really love is “Exactly Like You” because I listened to another version of this by Carmen McRae, which I love, and when I heard this version I loved this equally. You know, it’s the way her sentiment, the way she gets the lyrics across, are so different to a lot of other singers. She is very deep when she sings and you can really hear a lot of emotion. Not in the same way that you can with Billie Holiday but you know it’s coming from a real spiritual sort of place, when she plays and that’s why I love her." 

 

Anita Wardell: The Spa, Scarborough, 26th September 2010 

Abbey Lincoln: It's Magic - released 1958 

Anita Wardell