Product Code: MAL 1136
Artist: Nina Simone
Origin: New Zealand
Label: Marble Arch Records (1969)
Format: LP
Availability: In Stock
Condition:
Cover: VG
Record: VG+
Genre: Jazz U

Sweet 'N' Swingin' Simone

Nice clean vinyl with a good cover showing minor shelf wear.

 

NINA SIMONE Sweet 'N Swingin' Simone (1969 UK 10-track LP, compiling live & studio recordings culled from the Colpix albums: At Town Hall, Nina's Choice, Forbidden Fruit, At Carnegie Hall & Sings Ellington, front laminated flipback picture sleeve.

Nina Simone (/ˈnnə sˈmn/; born Eunice Kathleen Waymon; February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003) was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist who worked in a broad range of musical styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.

Born in North Carolina, the sixth child of a preacher, Simone aspired to be a concert pianist.[1] With the help of the few supporters in her hometown of Tryon, North Carolina, she enrolled in the Juilliard School of Music in New York.[2]

Waymon then applied for a scholarship to study at the prestigious Curtis Institute of Music in Philadelphia, where she was denied despite a well-received audition.[3] Simone became fully convinced this rejection had been entirely due to her race, a statement that has been a matter of controversy. Years later, two days before her death, the Curtis Institute of Music bestowed an honorary degree on Simone.[3]

To make a living, Eunice Waymon changed her name to "Nina Simone". The change related to her need to disguise herself from family members, having chosen to play "the devil's music"[3] or "cocktail piano" at a nightclub in Atlantic City. She was told in the nightclub that she would have to sing to her own accompaniment, and this effectively launched her career as a jazz vocalist.

Simone recorded more than forty albums, mostly between 1958, when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue, and 1974, and had a hit in the United States in 1958 with "I Loves You, Porgy".[1]

Simone's musical style fused gospel and pop with classical music, in particular Johann Sebastian Bach,[4] and accompanied expressive, jazz-like singing in her contralto voice.[5][6]