“Nina Simone At Town Hall” by Nina Simone - album review

features in: Album Chart of 1959Album Chart of the Decade: 1950s

TJR says

Recorded live at The Town Hall New York City on September 15, 1959 with the exception of “Cotton Eye Joe”, which had to be re-done in the studio a month later. Accompanying Nina on piano and vocals are bassist Jimmy Bond and drummer Albert ‘Tootie’ Heath. Starting things off, Nina delivers a sombre version of an old folk ballad, “Black Is The Color Of My True Loves Hair” and certainly grabs attention with her moody chops. Her version of “Exactly Like You” (Roger Wolfe Kahn and His Orchestra, 1930) lifts the mood immediately, following a remarkably similar pattern to “My Baby Just Cares For Me”. Side 2 has instrumental and vocal versions of “Summertime” (one extended performance in reality) as well as a reading of the old traditional “Cotton Eyed Joe”. These are the modest highlights on an offering with meagre bounty.

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A1 [03:23] 5.4.png Nina Simone - Black Is The Color Of My True Love’s Hair [live ny ’59] (Traditional) Moodcore
A2 [03:06] 5.7.png Nina Simone - Exactly Like You [live ny ’59] (Dorothy Fields, Jimmy MacHugh) Jazz
A3 [02:52] 4.8.png Nina Simone - The Other Woman [live ny ’59] (Jessie Mae Robinson) Songwriter
A4 [05:18] 4.2.png Nina Simone - Under The Lowest instrumental [live ny ’59] (Nina Simone) Jazz
A5 [05:43] 5.0.png Nina Simone - You Can Have Him (I Don’t Want Him) [live ny ’59] (Irving Berlin) Jazz
B1 [02:49] 5.2.png Nina Simone - Summertime instrumental [live ny ’59] (George Gershwin) Jazz
B2 [02:39] 5.3.png Nina Simone - Summertime [live ny ’59] (George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward) Moodcore
B3 [02:51] 5.7.png Nina Simone - Cotton Eyed Joe (Traditional) Songwriter
B4 [04:55] 4.9.png Nina Simone - Return Home instrumental [live ny ’59] (Nina Simone) Jazz
B5 [03:22] 4.6.png Nina Simone - Wild Is The Wind [live ny ’59] (Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington) Songwriter
B6 [03:31] 4.2.png Nina Simone - Fine And Mellow [live ny ’59] (Billie Holiday) Jazz

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