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Nina Simone: You've Got To Learn

Read "You've Got To Learn" reviewed by Scott Gudell


Socially conscious black troubadours such as William Warfield, Harry Belafonte, Odetta and many others were challenging the U.S. government's questionable policies on numerous things including war, civil rights, equality and more, by the mid-20th century. R&B soul master Marvin Gaye would follow in the early 1970s and pointedly ask “What's Going On" while the Temptations were declaring that both the question and the answer were that we were all living on a “Ball of Confusion." There was another ...

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Album Review

Nina Simone: You've Got To Learn

Read "You've Got To Learn" reviewed by Chris May


The release of this magnificent album, recorded live at the Newport Jazz Festival in 1966, is headline news for fans of Nina Simone. None of the material, all of it high grade, has been made available before. Newport promoter George Wein donated the tapes of Simone's performance to the US Library of Congress, where they lay forgotten until, following Wein's passing in 2021, Simone historian Nadine Cohodas unearthed them. Simone is in peak form, accompanied by guitarist Rudy Stevenson, bassist ...

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