Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933 in Tryon, North Carolina, United States and died in France on April 21, 2003. As one of eight children of a musical family, she played the fourth piano and six months later she started singing. Her first vocal performance was at the Mid-Town Club in Atlantic City. Nina was inspired by greats such as Louis Armstrong, Sarah Vaughan and Billie Holiday. In terms of style it is a mix of funk, gospel modern jazz with a very recognizable voice and way of playing the piano.
Broadway blues ballads
This LP has 12 titles. I was reminded of this LP again by the song Don't let me be misunderstood in the movie Nobody. This song is more known from other artists than Nina but this version remains my favorite. A beautiful mixture of blues, ballads and Broadway music in the characteristic style of Nina Simone.
The original release dates from 1964, this re-release from the same label from 2016. As we can expect from Verve, a solid recording and pressing. Not an audiophile high flyer, but certainly not bad.
Audiophile LP: Rating
1. Don't let me be misunderstood
2. Night son from the musical "Golden boy"
3. The laziest gal in town
4. Something wonderful from "The King and I"
5. Don't take al night
1. I am blessed
2. Of this I'm sure
3. See-line woman
4. Our love
5. How can I
6. The last rose of summer