Jazz Icons: Nina Simone Live In '65 & '68


Jazz Icons: Nina Simone Live In '65 & '68
DVDRip | Divx4 1200 kbps | 63 Min | 4:3 | 720 x 480 | MP3 2.0 @ 320 kbps | 694 MB @ RS
Jazz, Soul | Live In Holland 1965, Live In England 1968



In its third wave of DVDs Jazz Icons presents Nina Simone from two different European television performances. The Holland 1965 session runs about 40 minutes and the England 1968 session runs about 23. In both she delivers personal, powerful performances that made her such a unique performer.
The Holland session opens with Oscar Brown Jr.’s “Brown Baby.” Simone is at the piano and Lisle Atkinson accompanies on bass. He plays so subtly underneath it is barely detectable. The lyrics reveal a mother’s wishes for her a little girl, “you’re gonna have things that I never had.” It’s especially poignant coming from an African American woman in 1965 as civil rights were still being fought for back home in the United States. The anguish on Nina’s face punctuates the song.

Simone’s “Four Women” has four different African-American women, each a different color, briefly tell their story. Aunt Sarah is black and has suffered long from racism, a pain that’s “been inflicted again and again and again.” Saffronia is yellow due to being biracial; her conception is marked by racism as she reveals “My father was rich and white/ He forced my mother late one night.” Sweet Thing, not likely her name, is tan and works as a prostitute. On the bridge, Simone strikes the keys harder and continues into the next verse, singing in a rougher voice. Peaches is brown and “awfully bitter these days/ because my parents were slaves.” Her rage against what she and her people have suffered is understandable and tragic if the previous women are all the archetypes she has. No wonder she’ll “kill the first mother I see.”

Simone covers Bob Dylan’s “The Ballad of Hollis Brown.” She changes the order of the lyrics of a brutal story about a man who suffers so much ill fortune that the only solution he sees for himself and his family is “the shotgun/ That's hangin’ on the wall.” Nina moves around on the piano bench like she’s riding horseback, sharing this tale of woe across the countryside.

Another highlight from Holland is “Mississippi Goddamn,” her response to events in the Civil Rights movement like the murder of Medgar Evers and the bombing of a church in Birmingham, Alabama where four black children were killed. She rejects the notion of having to go slow to gain acceptance and “equality/ for my sister my brother my people and me” from whites, and who could argue. The music is played like an upbeat jazzy show tune in contrast to the subject matter, but the juxtaposition doesn’t offset the emotion or power.


Live In Holland 1965
Personnel:
Nina Simone (Piano, Vocal)
Rudy Stevenson (Guitar)
Lisle Atkinson (Bass)
Bobby Hamilton (Drums)


Live In England 1968
Personnel:
Nina Simone (Piano, Vocal)
Sam Waymon (Organ, Vocal, Percussion)
Henry Young (Guitar)
Gene Taylor (Bass)
Buck Clark (Drums)



Track List:

HOLLAND 1965:

01. BROWN BABY
02. FOUR WOMEN
03. THE BALLAD OF HOLLIS BROWN
04. TOMORROW IS MY TURN / IMAGES
05. GO LIMP
06. MISSISSIPPI GODDAM

ENGLAND 1968:

07. GO TO HELL
08. AIN'T GOT NO / I GOT LIFE
09. BACKLASH BLUES
10. I PUT A SPELL ON YOU
11. DON'T LET ME BE MISUNDERSTOOD
12. WHY? (THE KING OF LOVE IS DEAD)





Download Links

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Part 1
Part 2
Part 3
Part 4
Part 5
Part 6
Part 7



5 comments:

bobbysu said...

thank you so much

porco rosso said...

wow! this is great, many thanks!

Orbyt said...

Can't wait to see this. Thank you!

Anonymous said...

The link to part 6 is dead :-(
That's too bad, 'cause the others are fine...
It would be very kind of you to re-up

In any case, I wish to thank you a lot for all the great stuff you share

Have a nice day :-)

Fred

Anonymous said...

Hello. All links are fine now :-)

I'm glad you fixed it.
Many many thanks for your kindness and your reactivity.

Have a nice day :-)

Fred