Despite having left behind one of the more generous catalogues of studio recordings we can think of, there was - legendarily - nothing in the world quite like catching Nina Simone live. This previously unheard concert recording from the 1966 Newport Jazz Festival, set for release next Friday on the trustworthy Verve label, captures the power and spirit of a performer who would neither be tamed or confined to a single genre. Swinging from I Loves You Porgy to the barnstorming Blues For Mama in one fist pound of her piano, this you gotta hear. - Flying Out
The Newport Jazz Festival had always brought the best out of Nina Simone. On July 2, 1966, the audience was treated to the full range of her artistry—from the opener, a breathtaking version of You’ve Got To Learn to a swinging take on Mississippi Goddam. After a sustained standing ovation, her fans were rewarded with the show-stopping encore, Music For Lovers.
This previously unreleased recording makes it clear why hearing Nina Simone in concert was a once-in-a-lifetime experience.
1. You’ve Got To Learn
2. I Loves You Porgy
3. Introduction to Blues For Mama
4. Blues For Mama
5. Be My Husband
6. Mississippi Goddam
7. Music For Lovers