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The Politics of Dancing: Jazz and Protest, Part 1

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In 1964, Civil Rights workers, known as Freedom Riders, were increasingly becoming the victims of violent attacks from the Ku Klux Klan as they initiated a program to register black voters in the Deep South. As members of the Student Non-Violent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) and the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE), the advocates were franticly racing against time in an effort to send representatives to the 1964 Democratic National Convention to push the party agenda toward a Voter's Rights Act. ...

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Montreux Through The Decades: Blues, Soul & Funk Recordings, Part 1

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As part of All About Jazz' tribute to Montreux Jazz Festival, which is celebrating its 50th edition in 2016, and to its founder, the late Claude Nobs, this second batch of live recordings features ten memorable blues, soul and funk concerts captured between 1973 and 2004. The first batch featured ten jazz recordings from concerts between 1968 and 2012, while a third batch will feature rock, folk and pop recordings. Albert King Blues at Sunrise: ...

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What Happened, Miss Simone?: A Biography

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What Happened, Miss Simone? Alan Light 320 Pages ISBN: 1101904879 Atria 2016 It was singer and poet Gil Scott-Heron who said that Nina Simone was black way before it was fashionable to be black. A controversial and indisputable music icon and celebrity, her unique blend of jazz, pop and soul made her one of the most compelling voices in music history. She was equally known for her interpretations of other people's songs, that ...

DVD/FILM REVIEWS

Jazz Icons Series 3: Nina Simone Live in '65 and '68

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Nina SimoneJazz Icons Series 3: Live in '65 and '68 Jazz Icons 2008

Savage Dignity. Nina Simone is singular among jazz musicians. She had a vocal delivery that was more Charlie Patton than, say, Shirley Horn. Her cover of Bob Dylan's “The Ballad of Hollis Brown," presented on Jazz Icons Series 3: Nina Simone Live in '65 and '68, is a microcosm of Simone's performance style: kinetic, forceful, and emotionally intense to ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nina Simone: To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story

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There was only one Nina Simone, an original and highly imaginative artist whose style embodied a wide range of influences from musical Americana and beyond. To Be Free: The Nina Simone Story (three CDs and a DVD) is a fine boxed set overview of her career, emphasizing the live performances where she was most in her element. Culling material from her Bethlehem, Colpix, Philips, RCA, PM, CTI and Elektra recordings, To Be Free is the most comprehensive and wide-ranging of ...

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Nina Simone: High Priestess of Soul

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“I insist on being not one of your clowns, but one of you," she commands of her French audience early on in her performance. When Nina Simone walks out onto the stage, the first word that comes to mind is: regal. “I am a queen," she proudly announces. Her black wrap dress is simple and minimalist. Her silver necklace, a gift from a man who lives in Greece, is modest and beautiful--she pulls attention towards it on more than one ...

CD/LP/TRACK REVIEW

Nina Simone: Remixed & Reimagined

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Mixing any recording can be an adventure. Most popular dance club music varies greatly from what the individual artist laid down. With nearly all recorded music, however, the featured artist has an opportunity to listen to and approve the final mix. The objective is to make the artist sound his or her very best. Through a lot of hard work, this usually works out fine.

This Legacy release of Nina Simone's work keeps her voice and her music ...

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Nina Simone: From Cathouse Blues to Mississippi Goddam

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Four fine albums, covering the mid 1960s through 1980, which hopefully will introduce a new generation to the high priestess of soul, Nina Simone, and the great dark beauty of her music. Simone's existing devotees won't need any prompting.

Nina Simone The Soul Of Nina Simone RCA/Legacy 2005

The Soul Of Nina Simone is drawn mostly from the mid to late 1960s, when Simone's emotionally charged performances were often ...

FROM THE INSIDE OUT

Nina Simone Speaks Like a River

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“Anything human can be felt through music, which means that there is no limit to the creating that can be done with music. It's infinite. It's like God, you know?"

~ Nina Simone, DownBeat interview, 1969  

With the January 17 unveiling of several titles from her back catalog, re-mastered and re-annotated and supplemented with bonus tracks, plus The Soul of Nina Simone CD / DVD dual disc released this past September, the music industry may ...


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