Nina Simone – I Got No

We don’t know about you but we are going through something of a Nina Simone stage at the moment. I mean this woman was simply astounding as a musician, composer and arranger, and as a vocalist of troubling range and passion. I find it difficult to find the necessary words to describe the feeling of hearing Nina Simone in full flow, her deep vibrato quivering like the sound of someone’s very soul in full flight, with all the vacillations of despair and exultation evident in virtually every note. I’m finding it all a little breath-taking at the moment, and trying to fill my relative well of poor knowledge about her recording career with as much content as I can find.

And amongst the rich trove of beautiful music was this cracker of a version of the life-affirming and anthemic “I Got No/I Got Life”. I don’t know where it is recorded, who the brilliant band are, why the colours seem so vibrant and the music so powerful, but it looks as though it may have been the best gig ever. There, i’ve said it. There are rumours that our own soul chanteuse Mary J may be in line to star as Nina Simone in a biopic due in a couple of year’s time. That will fill some of the gaps, but for now, like Highlander, there can be only one. The singularly brilliant Nina Simone. Wonderful.

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Twelve Bar on March 31st 2011 in Music

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