Jazz Icons: Nina Simone - Live in '65 & '68
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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
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~ Two concerts: the first recorded in Holland on 25 December 1965; the second recorded in England on 14 September 1968. In both concerts she is supported by an excellent sympathetic jazz combo.
~ The songs are all poignant with powerful messages of political and social importance. Nina's delivery varies from intensely serious to humorous, but the message is never lost. She varies her voice from song to song and even verse to verse with a song as appropriate for the lyrics. Sometimes she becomes so deeply involved in the song that it looks like she has forgotten that there is an audience.
~ Song titles: Brown Baby, Four Women, The Ballade of Hollis Brown, Tomorrow Is My Time, Images, Go Limp, Mississippi Goddamn, Go To Hell, Ain't Got No / I Got Life, Backlash Blues, I Put A Spell on You, Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood, Why? (The King of Love is Dead).
~ Nina Simone fans will recognize many of these titles from her recordings of the time for Philips and RCA. Like the great Ray Charles, when Nina Simone sings a song she puts her own stamp on it. Compare her version of "Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood" to the version by the Animals in the same era. Hard to tell they are the same song. Likewise, "I Put a Spell on You" is a far cry from the version by Screamin' Jay Hawkins.
~ Highly recommended.
However, this DVD reinforces the strength of this great icon of the 20th century. I love and respect her even more now. The commitment and passion is so much more evident. Dr Simone - you are a saint - your approach laid the way for Barak.
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Very obviously a "Female genius", sings a tortuorsly honest style about her past where she is imbued with a stigmatised consciousness. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Alex Lanning
It took almost two months to come to me. The video is awesome, but the dvd-cascet is damaged, I need to buy a new one.Published 11 months ago by Peter Fogas
This really wasn't what I was expecting but it isn't terrible either. Her voice to me is always a standout so no complaints there but I suppose I expected some of the songs to be... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Enzo M.
I love this DVD. It really shows the soul of Nina Simone. Since it is live, there are shots of the audience which gives it a "you are there" feel. I liked it very much. Read morePublished on September 13, 2013 by Kimberly Fujioka
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