“Nina Simone At Newport” by Nina Simone - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1960Album Chart of the Decade: 1960s

TJR says

The 5-day 7th annual Jazz festival at the millionaires playground spawned quite a few LPs – it’s quite noticeable that artists were keen on serving up new material for the event, perhaps one of the reasons why it so popular. Often described as a millionaires playground, there’s something quite poignant about a homeless song, “Trouble in Mind Blues”, being chosen by Nina to open her set. The song dates to at least 1924 when it was recorded by Thelma La Vizzo. Nina’s grunting, singing and playing are super-affecting and she really gets the feeling across. The atmosphere seems good – she’s got the crowd laughing as she ambles around stage looking for her tambourine for “Little Liza Jean”. Closing side 1, a passionate rendition of Cole Porter’s “You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To” goes down a storm with the jazz lovers. Opening side 2 “Flo Me La” is an exotic potpourri of Latin / African rhythm – clearly this is a festival which is open to the idea of musical adventures. Letting the album down at the end is the pointless piano tinkering of the instrumental “Nina’s Blues” and the pacey reading of “In The Evening By the Moonlight” which is designed for maximum audience hyperactivity at the end, but just leaves me cold. Those session musos…

The Jukebox Rebel

A1 [05:41] 8.2.png Nina Simone - Trouble In Mind [live newport ’60] (Richard Myknee Jones) Blues / Rhythm n Blues
A2 [05:10] 4.8.png Nina Simone - Blues For Porgy [live newport ’60] (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy MacHugh) Crooner / Cabaret
A3 [04:31] 5.7.png Nina Simone - Little Liza Jean [live newport ’60] (Traditional) Folk
A4 [05:24] 6.2.png Nina Simone - You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To [live newport ’60] (Cole Porter) Jazz
B1 [07:12] 6.9.png Nina Simone - Flo Me La [live newport ’60] (Nina Simone) Latin
B2 [06:10] 3.9.png Nina Simone - Nina’s Blues [instrumental, live newport ’60] (Nina Simone) Jazz
B3 [06:09] 4.4.png Nina Simone - In The Evening By The Moonlight [live newport ’60] (Traditional) Jazz

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