By Larry Blumenfeld
Updated March 30, 2007 04:00 AM
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Abbey Lincoln’s songs are authoritative and wise, yet radiant with compassion and childlike wonder. Kendra Shank draws upon these qualities and her own intelligence in singing Lincoln’s material. Her tribute, A Spirit Free: Abbey Lincoln Songbook, is both reverent and creative, illuminating new possibilities for these songs and shedding new light on their composer. A-