Archive for the 'Nina Simone' Category

Monday, June 15th, 2015

She begins in mid-flow. Sitting down at the piano, effectively taking the reins from her band, the first thing she says into the microphone is ‘So…‘ One simple word, an aside to every single soul in that auditorium. It’s almost a sigh, like the sound of a truth-teller getting down to business, or a teacher […]

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014

Nina Simone’s work, eclectic and nuanced, continually surprises. Her rendition of Jacques Brel’s “The Desperate Ones” is one of countless such displays. A delicate and poetic gem (which appeared on our November mix), the tune closes out Simone’s 1969 LP Nina Simone and Piano! The title is literal: it features only her voice and piano. Released between […]

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Leonard Cohen’s “Suzanne” is a strange, haunting thing. Largely carried by Cohen’s monotone, yet slightly lilting voice and sparse guitar accompaniment, the song evokes a dark, ambiguous feeling. The angelic backing vocals and seraphic strings that periodically emerge give the song a heavenly relief – a bittersweet release of giving yourself into a formless and […]

Monday, November 5th, 2012
Sunday, September 23rd, 2012

“I thought it was interesting that Nina Simone did a sort of answer to “Revolution”. That was very good — it was sort of like “Revolution,” but not quite. That I sort of enjoyed, somebody who reacted immediately to what I had said.” – John Lennon, 1971

Monday, August 27th, 2012

This performance. There are no words.

Monday, February 27th, 2012

Last week John Gleason guested on AD touting the lesser known side of the Bee Gees, making a case for their catalog being equal to or greater than the Beatles. Brave. And while I can’t say I share that sentiment, there’s no denying the Gibb brothers songwriting chops. Case in point, Nina Simone’s rendition of  the […]

Tuesday, February 8th, 2011

This shit just works on so many levels. Like most everything Nina Simone chose to cover throughout her career, this, her incredibly funky take of Aretha Franklin’s “Save Me,” adds a muscularity to Aretha’s already powerful performance. No one emotes quite like Simone—who really gets inside the material and wrestles it, hell, exorcises it, from […]

Friday, May 14th, 2010

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