This is the folk Nina (The Ballad of Hollis Brown) and the jazz Nina (Love Me Or Leave Me) presented here in live club and TV performances in typically Nina Simone spellbinding fashion. Nina recalls the passion, fury and angst of the Civil Rights struggle and the 1960s with impassioned renditions of Brown Baby, Four Women and Mississippi Goddamn. This collection of Nina Simone, a superb vocalist-pianist who absolutely defied catergorization, includes a stirring rendition of her signature song I Loves You Porgy. Featuring a 24 page booklet with liner notes by Rob Bowman, forward by Nina's daughter, Lisa Simone Kelly, rare photographs, and memorabilia collage.
For lovers of Nina Simone, and those just new to her work, Nina Simone: Live In '65 & '68 will be a pleasure and a revelation. -- BlogCritics.org, Richard Marcus, September 02, 2008
Jazz Icons is doing for jazz what the Criterion Collection has done for classic and important films. -- Jazz Times Magazine
Pianist/singer/activist Nina Simone visibly demonstrates the a-changes that occurred during the tumultuous 60s. Her 65 Holland set has Ms. Simone in elegant European-style attire as she delivers chilling versions of songs like "Four Women" and "Brown Baby". By 1968, she had become a symbol of the Black Power movement, and is dressed in more African attire during her harrowing treatments of "I Put A Spell On You" and the forewarning "Go To Hell." -- JazzWeekly.com, George W. Harris, September 2008
The sound quality is first rate, and the performances are extraordinary. -- Newsweek Magazine
What makes the Jazz Icons DVD so important is that you get to see Simone in her full fury. She goes so far into a song you wonder whether she's ever going to come out. Seeing Simone in action also reminds you how big a role the church played in her interpretation and delivery. In addition to being a singer with a conscience, there was a revival meeting quality about her vocals, with call-and-response and chanting designed to wake up sinners and whip souls into a frenzy. -- JazzWax.com, Marc Myers, September 16, 2008