Nina Simone

Nina Simone Sings the Blues

№ 48
December 2016

Nina Simone’s story is one of pain, and her work is the way she carried it. It might be surprising to read now that she felt unfulfilled as a jazz artist and would have rather been famous for her piano playing, but that’s only because as the audience it’s easy for us to say what someone should do with their talent and career. We have a damaging tendency to meddle in things that should never be ours. Nina was singular in both her ability and the music she made. She will always be one of the best to ever do it. Those things are obvious. What’s less obvious is who she was behind all of the things she was famous for. Who Eunice Kathleen Waymon was. And it isn’t ours to know. At least not completely. What’s ours is to honor her work as best we can, and lose ourselves in her sound. To be grateful for the light she gave us, and grieve for the things she never found.

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  • Pressed on heavyweight, 180g blue vinyl
  • Expertly remastered from original analog tapes by Ryan Smith at Sterling Sound
  • Gatefold jacket with an 8-page full-color booklet w/ archival photos + foreward by Salamishah Tillet

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“Tied to one genre, Simone gives breadth. Passionate, urgent, and liberatory, Simone takes our blues away, while bringing herself and the rest of us closer and closer to her ever so elusive goal to be free.”

Salamishah Tillet

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