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Nina Simone And Her Friends

Nina Simone

Nina Simone And Her Friends

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BCP6041 (Bethlehem Records)
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Track Time Listen
1
He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

He's Got The Whole World In His Hands

Composer Traditional, Nina Simone
Band Nina Simone
03:09 Play $1.70
2
A Cottage For Sale

A Cottage For Sale

Composer Willard Robinson, Larry Conley
Band Nina Simone
02:34 Play $1.70
3
Old Devil Moon

Old Devil Moon

Composer Burton Lane, Edgar Harburg
Band Nina Simone
02:36 Play $1.70
4
I Loves You Porgy

I Loves You Porgy

Composer Dubose Hayward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
Band Nina Simone
04:08 Play $1.70
5
Try A Little Tenderness

Try A Little Tenderness

Composer James Campbell, Harry Woods, Reginald Connelly
Band Nina Simone
03:01 Play $1.70
6
You Made Me Care

You Made Me Care

Composer Hubert Giraud
Band Nina Simone
02:08 Play $1.70
7
For All We Know

For All We Know

Composer Samuel Lewis, Nina Simone
Band Nina Simone
03:59 Play $1.70
8
What Is There To Say

What Is There To Say

Composer Vernon Duke, Edgar Harburg
Band Nina Simone
02:51 Play $1.70
9
Too Much In Love To Care

Too Much In Love To Care

Composer Carroll Coates, James Kriegsmann
Band Nina Simone
02:19 Play $1.70
10
African Mailman

African Mailman

Composer Nina Simone
Band Nina Simone
03:08 Play $1.70
11
Goodbye

Goodbye

Composer Gordon Jenkins
Band Nina Simone
02:33 Play $1.70
12
Last Time For Love

Last Time For Love

Composer Carmen McRae
Band Nina Simone
03:03 Play $1.70
Total Running Time 35 minutes Purchase all tracks 
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Also featuring Carmen McRae and Chris Connor on vocals, the second album released by Nina Simone is full of special moments. The fact that the album was created from the leftovers of the 'Little Girl Blue' makes it a curious and unique record.

This album is licensed for download from Bethlehem Records. 

Download includes - cover art, booklet

Throughout her life, Nina Simone remained active in the pursuit of civil rights, continually engaging and challenging established norms. Her vocal style begins in traditional songs, hymns and spirituals, and brings those influences to heights of sophistication and avant-garde expression. Her voice is immediately recognizable, commanding, defiant, and arguably the most powerful of any jazz singer. She is the only vocalist in this compilation who is also featured as an instrumentalist, playing piano on all four selections.

The album's opener, the traditional 'He's Got The Whole World In His Hands,' clearly displays Nina's roots in spiritual music, in a style both delicate and sincere. Nina's earnest reading of the Gershwin classic 'I Loves You, Porgy' was her first taste of commercial success, reaching the Billboard Top 20 in 1957. Her restrained take on 'For All We Know' is sung in clean, direct lines, communicating the tune's bittersweet embrace of the moment. Nina's vibrant instrumental composition, 'African Mailman,' shows a bop-influenced melodic style, particularly her active left hand and Monk-like measured staccato on the right, while her rhythm swings energetically.

Chris Connor's career spanned five decades, and Bethlehem recorded its beginnings. In fact, Connor's first record as a featured performer was Bethlehem's first 10" release in 1954 - Chris Connor Sings Lullabys of Birdland. A capable big band singer (she first charted with the Stan Kenton Orchestra), Connor earned her stripes singing standards at nightly gigs and radio broadcasts, eventually gaining renown at Birdland. Her voice is breathy and intimate, with particular control over vibrato, and carries no wear from her exhaustive performance schedule. Three of Connor's selections here are melancholy ballads, her performance of the standard 'Cottage For Sale' notable among them. Connor delivers the lyrics convincingly, particularly the couplet "the keys in the mailbox, same as before I but nobody's waiting for me anymore." Her voice flutters achingly in the lovers' parting of 'What Is There To Say.' On the classic 'Try A Little Tenderness,' Connor is more animated and her voice floats breezily over the accompanying piano. Carmen McRae's talent filled her personal professional life with jazz royalty. She married renown drummer Kenny 'Klock' Clarke (Miles, Bird, Diz, Monk) and bassist Ike Isaacs (Count Basie, Eddie Davis). Very early on, McRae performed at the now-mythical Minton's Playhouse, meeting and performing with members of the star-studded house band and the great Billie Holliday (whose songs she consistently performed through the remainder of her career). Her voice is energetic and charismatic, earning collaborations with seemingly every notable jazz artist of the 1950's. On 'Old Devil Moon,' McRae handles the rhythm changes deftly and sings the lyric to a welcome love she is eager to be drawn to, each and every night. 'You Made Me Care' has McRae playing coy with a knowing smile as she takes the choruses precisely on the downbeat and lets the verses roam a bit more freely. The almost burlesque rhythms of "Too Much In Love To Care" propel McRae as she chooses love and loyalty to her partner, steadfastly declaring 'Go have your fling with your new love I I'll be forever your true love.' The album's appropriate closer, 'Last Time For Love,' is McRae's own, and she sings it like a goodbye kiss.

Vocal jazz depends almost entirely on the singer's ability to not only blend the rhythmic and harmonic intricacies of a tune, but to directly convey its mood and central emotion to the listener. The strength of this collection is in the skill of its singers, in their dexterity and passion. Nina Simone, Chris Connor, and Carmen McRae sing compellingly of loves new and old, of love that begs reminiscence.

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