Nina Simone Nina At The Village Gate 180g LP
Featured in Michael Fremer's Heavy Rotation in the June 2012 Issue of Stereophile!
Experience the powerful and persuasive voice of Nina Simone Live from 1961! 180 Gram Audiophile Vinyl from Pure Pleasure Records! Pressed at Pallas in Germany!
In the intimate ambiance of The Village Gate, Nina Simone made pure magic
with her voice and on the keyboard, one Manhattan evening back in 1961. She sang
and played with a trio, which featured her favorite guitarist, Al Shackman. We
are so fortunate that the moment was captured and recorded.
"I can't really categorize Nina's sound or her music and call her "just" a
fabulous jazz vocalist. Although, she plays extraordinary jazz with her voice,
as in "Just In Time." She has been often called a musical anomaly, because there
is no one category for her work. She was trained as a classical pianist, and in
cuts like "Bye Bye Blackbird," the complexity of her piano comes through loud
and clear. Her folk songs, like the biting "House Of The Rising Sun," and "Zungo"
an African work song, place her at the top of a long list of folk singers. Ms.
Simone's gospel songs, i.e., "Children Go Where I Send You," can raise the roof
and bring down the house, as she did at the Gate in '61. She is a protest
singer, "Brown Baby," and an actress, capable of an extraordinary range of
Nina has the rare ability to dig into her material and bring unexpected meaning
to familiar lyrics. She is eclectic with her taste and her repertoire. But
whatever touches Nina, and whatever Nina touches, will reach you and evoke an
emotional response. Her music is as fresh today, as it was 42 years ago, singing
for that Manhattan audience. They could not have loved her more then, than we do
now." - Jana L. Perskie
"Embracing the jazz culture’s awareness of African culture, “Zunga” is revelatory. A chant-based work song from West Africa, Simone pieces together a lighthearted piano intro before morphing into the steady pulse of the number. It is difficult to compare this singer with others. She is truly unique, like a “singing method actor”. Her spirituality is always on display, especially on tracks like “If He Changed My Name” and “Children Go Where I Send You”. Nina Live At The Village Gate exudes a raw energy—partly due to the live, in-person vinyl sonics—that brings a definitive spotlight to a jazz pioneer." - Robbie Gerson, www.audaud.com, 4.5 Stars!!
• 180 Gram Vinyl
• Limited Edition
• Pressed at Pallas in Germany
• Audiophile Re-Mastering
• Re-mastered by Sean Magee at Abbey Road Studios
Nina Simone - piano & vocals
Al Schackman -guitar
Chris White - bass
Bob Hamilton - drums
1. Just In Time
2. He Was Good For Me
3. House Of The Rising Sun
4. Bye Bye Blackbird
1. Brown Baby
3. If He Changed My Name
4. Children Go where I Send You
Recorded in New York City in 1961.