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She released nine more albums for Verve, the last, “Abbey Sings Abbey,” which featured reinterpretations of her own compositions, in 2007. Lincoln also acted again for the first time in decades, with a brief role in the 1990 Spike Lee film “Mo’ Better Blues.”

In 2003, the National Endowment for the Arts recognized her with its Jazz Masters Award, the nation’s highest jazz honor.

“I’ve done what I please, told people to go bug off and exercised my independence,” Lincoln told the AP in 1993.

Friedman said the world had lost “an amazing genius.”

“There are gorgeous women, there are spirited women, there are genius women _ Abbey Lincoln was all of that,” she said. “You don’t find an artist that embodies this kind of level of physical beauty and cerebral magnificence in one package.”

(This version CORRECTS Lincoln’s output on Verve in the 1990s to 10 albums, instead of 9.)