Abbey Lincoln was the voice of this era.
She was also one of the first explicitly political voices of jazz music.
Her early collections of covers were mainly noteworthy for the cast of
That's Him (october 1957) featured
tenor saxophonist Sonny Rollins, trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer (and husband) Max Roach.
It's Magic (august 1958) had trumpeters Kenny Dorham and Art Farmer, trombonist Curtis Fuller, tenor saxophonist Benny Golson, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers, drummer Philly Joe Jones and others.
Abbey Is Blue (march 1959) contained her first composition.
Her voice and her message blossomed in the following years on Max Roach's albums.
By the time she cut Straight Ahead (february 1961) with
tenor saxophonist Coleman Hawkins, flutist Eric Dolphy, pianist Mal Waldron, Roach and others, her voice had become one of the most sophisticated instruments or her era.
After a long hiatus, she returned a more mature composer with
People In Me (june 1973) and Golden Lady (february 1980),
despite boasting much humbler casts.
Lincoln died in august 2010.