Nina Simone - The Legend (1990)
DVD5 | Runtime: 59 min. | 2,88 Gb | Copy: Untouched
Video: NTSC, MPEG-2, 720 x 480 (1.333) at 29.970 fps | Audio: AC-3 at 192 Kbps, 2 channels, 48.0 KHz
Genre: Jazz, Blues
Nina Simone was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, soul, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
Born the sixth child of a preacher's family in North Carolina, Nina's prodigious musical talent prompted her ambition to become the first black concert pianist, but the realities of poverty and racial prejudice forced her to redirect her ambitions. Her musical path changed direction after she was turned down for full scholarship at a prestigious music institute, the Curtis Institute of Philadelphia. She then began playing in a small club in Phildelphia to fund her continuing musical education to become a classical pianist and was required to sing as well.
She was approached for a recording by Bethlehem Records, and "I love you Porgy" became a smash hit in the United States in 1958.
Over the length of her career, Simone recorded more than forty albums, mostly between 1958 — when she made her debut with Little Girl Blue — and 1974.
Her distinctive and original style arose from a fusion of gospel and pop songs with classical music, in particular with influences from her first inspiration, classical composer Bach, and accompanied with her expressive jazz-like singing in her characteristic low tenor. She injected as much of her classical background into her music as possible to give it more depth and quality, as she felt that pop music was inferior to it.
Also, her intuitive grasp on the audience-performer relationship was gained from a unique background of playing piano accompaniment for church revivals and sermons regularly from the early age of six years.
After twenty years of performing, she became involved in the civil rights movement and the direction of her life shifted once again. Simone's music was highly influential in the fight black people faced for equal rights at this time in the U.S. Regardless of race, her powerful music was a source of inspiration and enjoyment for her generation, and it continues to be, for those who follow.
01, I Wish I Knew How It Felt To Free
02. I Love You Porgy
03. Little Lisa Jane
04. Go To Hell
05. Mississippi Goddam
06. Why, The King Of Love Is Dead
07. Blacklash Blues
08. Four Women Blues
09. Fodder In Her Wings
10. The Last Rose Of Summer
... and more.