I purchased this a while ago, a long while ago actually, and it somehow got lost in the shuffle. The roommate and I have listened to it a dozen or so times now but I simply forgot to catalog it. I still need more Nina though and would love to have a recording of her version of “We Shall Overcome” especially.
Nina Simone (born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. She worked in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
Simone’s musical path changed direction after she was denied a scholarship to the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, despite a well-received audition. NIna said she later found out from an insider at Curtis that she was denied entry because she was black. To fund her continuing musical education and become a classical pianist, she began playing in a small club in Philadelphia where she was also required to sing. She was approached for a recording by Bethlehem Records, and her rendering of “I Loves You, Porgy” was a hit in the United States in 1958.
Her musical style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, Johann Sebastian Bach, and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic contralto voice. She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to classical.
In the early 1960s, Nina became involved in the civil rights movement and the direction of her life shifted once again. Simone’s music was highly influential in the fight for equal rights in the United States. She received a Grammy Hall of Fame Award in 2000 and was a fifteen-time Grammy Award nominee over the course of her career.
Silk and Soul
It Be’s That Way Sometime
The Look of Love
Go to Hell
Love o’ Love
I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free
Turn Me On