Jazz singer-songwriter Abbey Lincoln died yesterday at age 80 in Manhattan. According to the NY Times, her "dramatic vocal command and tersely poetic songs made her a singular figure in jazz... Long recognized as one of jazz’s most arresting and uncompromising singers, Ms. Lincoln gained similar stature as a songwriter only over the last two decades... Her singing style was unique, a combined result of bold projection and expressive restraint." NPR's profile of Lincoln features Lincoln discussing her upbringing, work during the civil rights movement, and career and you can hear some of her music at the Verve Music website.