211

Nina Simone: Remixed & Reimagined

Jim Santella By

Sign in to view read count
Nina Simone: Remixed & Reimagined 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 at the forefront—sure, there are "distractions due to unnatural causes such as rhythmic loops and faded echoes and such. What's that old cliché? "If it ain't broke, don't fix it.

Fortunately, this remix wasn't "fixed so much that we'd lose sight of Nina Simone's unique persona. She's there, in focus, and surrounded by contemporary sounds like the ones you'd hear at your local techno-dance club on Saturday night. If you're willing to go out there and bump into other folks all night long on the dance floor, why not do it with one of the best? Nina Simone was just that.

If Nina Simone had an opportunity to listen to this remix, she'd probably like it. No one can say that it improves her original work, though. Neither can one say that this remix is out of character, since Simone was as hip as they come. Here we have a packaged mix that maintains her original work while adding a fair amount of soulful vibrations all around. There's plenty of repetition in the dance music, but Simone's songs never fade.

The albums represented through this remixed compilation include:To Love Somebody, It is Finished, 'Nuff Said, Silk and Soul, Here Comes the Sun, Black Gold and Nina Simone Sings the Blues.


Track Listing: I Cant See Nobody; Funkier Than a Mosquitos Tweeter; Aint Got No - I Got Life; Save Me; Turn Me On; Here Comes the Sun; Westwind; Go to Hell; My Mans Gone Now; The Look of Love; O-o-h Child; To Love Somebody; Obeah Woman.

Personnel: Nina Simone: vocals, piano; Burt Eckoff: piano; Selen Lerner: keyboards; Louis Benedetti: drum programming, keyboards; Eric Kupper, keyboards, programming; Jephe Guillaume: guitar; Roland Richards: organ, piano; D.J. Logic: turntable scratches, effects; Neal Evans: Hammond B3 organ; Casey Benjamin: Fender Rhodes electric piano, synthesizer bass, keyboards; Kirk Yano: electric sitar; others.

Year Released: 2007 | Record Label: RCA Victor | Style: Vocal


Shop

More Articles

Read The Picasso Zone CD/LP/Track Review The Picasso Zone
by Franz A. Matzner
Published: February 23, 2017
Read The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark CD/LP/Track Review The MUH Trio – Prague After Dark
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Les Deux Versants Se Regardent CD/LP/Track Review Les Deux Versants Se Regardent
by John Sharpe
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Molto Bene CD/LP/Track Review Molto Bene
by Mark Corroto
Published: February 23, 2017
Read Fellowship CD/LP/Track Review Fellowship
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: February 22, 2017
Read E.S.T. Symphony CD/LP/Track Review E.S.T. Symphony
by Karl Ackermann
Published: February 22, 2017
Read "Piano Song" CD/LP/Track Review Piano Song
by Jakob Baekgaard
Published: January 2, 2017
Read "Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4" CD/LP/Track Review Holding The Stage: Road Shows, Vol. 4
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: April 17, 2016
Read "Rise Of Orion" CD/LP/Track Review Rise Of Orion
by Dan Bilawsky
Published: December 1, 2016
Read "Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald" CD/LP/Track Review Songbook Sessions: Ella Fitzgerald
by C. Michael Bailey
Published: March 26, 2016
Read "The Magical Forest" CD/LP/Track Review The Magical Forest
by Mark Sullivan
Published: August 6, 2016
Read "Juggling Kukla" CD/LP/Track Review Juggling Kukla
by John Sharpe
Published: June 19, 2016

Post a comment

comments powered by Disqus

Sponsor: ECM Records | BUY NOW  

Support our sponsor

Support All About Jazz's Future

We need your help and we have a deal. Contribute $20 and we'll hide the six Google ads that appear on every page for a full year!

Buy it!