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Nina Simone – Little Girl Blue (Pure Pleasure)

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  • "Little Girl Blue", released in 1957, was Nina Simone's first record, originally released by Bethlehem. With the support of bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert 'Tootie' Heath, Simone presents her mysterious and sensual sounding melodious voice, her lively and sovereign jazz style as well as a profound and down-to-earth feeling, which is nevertheless tasteful. The album also features an outstanding jazz pianist

    Simone was an expert improviser, but never far from the blues. The opening piece is a good proof, her interpretation of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo", which in a way snaps and swings with the fingers, while the phrasing remains deep in the blues. As a contrast, a version - if not the ultimate - of Willard Robison's hot ballad on the theme 'Leave the Beloved' follows, "Don't Smoke in Bed". The title track, written by Rodgers & Hart, is "Good King Wenceslas" as a classic prelude to one of the most beautiful pop ballads ever written. It follows in the funky swing "Love Me Or Leave Me" with a glowing little piano solo in the transition, where Bach meets Horace Silver and Bobby Timmons. It is also interesting to note that, although this was Simone's first recording, an artist is presented who appears on stage matured to full size; many characteristics that have distinguished Simone throughout her career not only as a singer and pianist, but also as an arranger, can be seen here for the first time. "My Baby Just Cares For Me" has a wide shuffle, which is continued in the interlude of the piano. Her skills, both on the instrument and in improvising, are best used in Tadd Dameron's "Good Bait", which is transformed from the originally intended bebop to a classical piece. "You'll Never Walk Alone" is more like a majestic gospel song than the musical melody originally written by Rodgers & Hammerstein. And of course one of Simone's signature melodies was her version of "I Loves You, Porgy", which can be heard here for the first time and was released as a single. Her own "Central Park Blues" is one of the most beautiful jazz melodies on this record

    Recorded: 1957


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  • Artist: Nina Simone
    Label: Bethlehem Records
    Format: LP
    Units: 1
    Country: UK
    Genre: Jazz
    Style: Soul-Jazz
  • A1 Mood Indigo
    A2 Don'T Smoke In Bed
    A3 He Needs Me
    A4 Little Girl Blue
    A5 Love Me Or Leave Me
    A6 My Baby Just Cares For Me
    B1 Good Bait
    B2 Plain Gold Ring
    B3 You'Ll Never Walk Alone
    B4 Porgy
    B5 Central Park Blues