Best Covers: Jim James “The World Is Falling Down”

Jim James, the frontman for My Morning Jacket, has shared his cover of jazz singer Abbey Lincoln’s “The World Is Falling Down” which features on his forthcoming new covers album Tribute To 2,  due Out December 8 via ATO. The song was the title track of her 1991 album released on Verve which saw her voice matched with some of the best jazz players around including flugelhornist Clark Terry and alto-saxophonist Jackie McLean. It’s a beautiful tribute to Lincoln who was frequently likened to her hero Billie Holiday, she was a civil rights advocate and activist from the 1960s on. She famously sang on Max Roach’s 1960 We Insist! Max Roach’s Freedom Now Suite. She would later marry Roach in 1962. Although she died in 2010 she was professionally active for most her life releasing Abbey Sings Abbey in 2007. She also ventured into acting with parts in The Girl Can’t Help It and Gentleman Prefer Blondes as well as Spike Lee movie Mo’ Better Blues.

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