Music review: Legendary jazz singer Nina Simone

Nina Simone earned her title as the high priestess of soul and as she was known for weaving seductive and hypnotic spells on her audiences. Here’s why you should add her latest record to your collection. 

'A Tribute to Nina Simone' celebrates the life and works of a true music icon Doctor Nina Simone.

Watch Nina Simone playing Ain't Got No, I Got Life live in London in 1968:

This album was made to accompany the documentary about Nina Simone’s life called, 'What Happened, Miss Simone'. It features a line up “who’s who” of R&B artists including Ms. Lauryn Hill, Usher, and Mary J. Blige.

It is a beautifully crafted contemporary with a slightly jazz feel approach to some of the most iconic tracks in the Nina Simone collection.

The stand out tracks include, Ne Me QuittePas (If You Go Away) a hauntingly beautiful version of this classic, performed by Ms. Lauryn Hill, she also gives a standout rendition of Feelin' Good.

Usher is Usher at his smoothest with My Baby Cares for Me. Mary J. Blige’s take on Don’t let Me Misunderstood, which is a layback musical surprise.

Doctor Nina Simone - as she insisted on being called after proudly receiving an honourary doctorate in 1977 - had a tragically difficult personal life, which makes her music all the more haunting.

Love fantastic music? This is a must have for your collection. Available for download here or on CD.

Tribute-nina-album-cover-wyza-com-auThe album cover of 'Nina Revisted. . . A Tribute to Nina Simone'

Nina Simone wrote in her autobiography saying that her function as an artist was, “. . .to make people feel on a deep level. It’s difficult to describe because it’s not something you can analyse; to get near what it’s about you have to play it. And when you’ve caught it, when you’ve got the audience hooked, you always know because it’s like electricity hanging in the air."

A trailer of biographical film that tells the story of legendary singer and activist Nina Simone, using never-before-heard recordings, rare archival footage and her best-known songs.  

Nina Simone passed away in her sleep on 21st April 2003. Elton John sent flowers with the tribute “You were the greatest and I love you.”

Cherie’s final verdict: A musical treat to say the least.

What is your favourite jazz artist or song you enjoy listening to? Let us know in the comments below. . .