12 Songs, 34 Minutes

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nina Simone steps away from the piano-trio format beloved by jazz purists into pop strings and Hollywood horns. She keeps her improviser’s intelligence, though: Listen for Simone’s scatted embellishments in the title track, a Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover. Throughout, Simone’s inventive timbral choices give the recording a powerfully exploratory feel; she even goes head to head with the high strings on “Marriage Is for Old Folks.” And she contributes some finger-popping piano to “Tomorrow Is My Turn,” too.

EDITORS’ NOTES

Nina Simone steps away from the piano-trio format beloved by jazz purists into pop strings and Hollywood horns. She keeps her improviser’s intelligence, though: Listen for Simone’s scatted embellishments in the title track, a Screamin' Jay Hawkins cover. Throughout, Simone’s inventive timbral choices give the recording a powerfully exploratory feel; she even goes head to head with the high strings on “Marriage Is for Old Folks.” And she contributes some finger-popping piano to “Tomorrow Is My Turn,” too.

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