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Nina Simone: Broadway – Blues Ballads

In November 1964, “Philips” label released “Broadway-Blues-Ballads”, the eleventh Nina Simone album. It was recorded in 1964, in New York City, and was produced by Hal Mooney.

Personnel:

  • Nina Simone – vocals, piano, arranger
  • Bobby Hamilton – drums
  • Lisle Atkinson – percussion
  • Rudy Stevenson – flute
  • Horace Ott – arranger, conductor
  • Hal Mooney – arranger, conductor

Track listing:

  1. Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood – Bennie Benjamin, Gloria Caldwell, Sol Marcus
  2. Night Song – Lee Adams, Charles Strouse
  3. The Laziest Gal in Town – Cole Porter
  4. Something Wonderful – Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers
  5. Don’t Take All Night – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  6. Nobody – Alex Rogers, Bert Williams
  7. I Am Blessed – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  8. Of This I’m Sure – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  9. See-Line Woman – traditional, George Bass, Nina Simone
  10. Our Love (Will See Us Through) – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  11. How Can I? – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  12. The Last Rose of Summer – Thomas Moore, Richard Alfred Milliken, Nina Simone

Nina Simone: Silk & Soul

In October 1967, “RCA Victor” label released “Silk & Soul”, the thirteenth Nina Simone studio album. It was recorded in 1967, at “RCA Studio B” in New York City, and was produced by Danny Davis.

Personnel:

  • Nina Simone – vocals, piano
  • Eric Gale – guitar  
  • Rudy Stevenson – guitar
  • Ernie Hayes – piano, harpsichord
  • Gene Taylor – bass
  • Bernard Purdie – drums
  • Sammy Lowe – arrangements, conductor
  • Ray Hall – engineer

Track listing:

  1. It Be’s That Way Sometime – Sam Waymon
  2. The Look of Love – Burt Bacharach, Hal David
  3. Go to Hell – Morris Balley Jr.
  4. Love o’ Love – Andy Stroud
  5. Cherish – Terry Kirkman
  6. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel to Be Free – Billy Taylor
  7. Turn Me On – John D. Loudermilk
  8. Turning Point – Martha Holmes
  9. Some Say – Charles Reuben
  10. Consummation – Nina Simone

Nina Simone: Wild is the Wind

In September 1966, “Phillips” label released “Wild Is the Wind”, the sixth Nina Simone studio album. It was recorded 1964 – 1965, in New York City, and was produced by Hal Mooney. In 2020, it was ranked 212 on “Rolling Stone’s” list of the “500 Greatest Albums of All Time”.

Personnel:

  • Nina Simone – vocals, piano, arranger
  • Horace Ott – arranger
  • Sid Mark – liner notes
  1. I Love Your Lovin’ Ways – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  2. Four Woman – Nina Simone
  3. What More Can I Say – Horace Ott, Wade Brown Jr.
  4. Lilac Wine – James Shelton
  5. That’s All I Ask – Horace Ott
  6. Break Down and Let It All Out – Van McCoy
  7. Why keep On Breaking My Heart – Bennie Benjamin, Sol Marcus
  8. Wild is the Wind – Dimitri Tiomkin, Ned Washington
  9. Black Is the Color of My True Love’s Hair – traditional
  10. If I Should Lose You – Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin
  11. Either Way I Lose – Van McCoy

In May 1969.

In May 1969, “Marmalade” label released “Streetnoise”, the fourth Julie Driscoll, Brian Auger and the Trinity album. It was recorded in 1969, at “Advison Studios” in London, and was produced by Giorgio Gomelsky.

Personnel:

  • Brian “Auge” Auger – vocals, B-3 organ, piano, electric piano
  • Julie “Jools” Driscoll – lead vocals, acoustic guitar
  • David “Lobs” Ambrose – vocals, 4- and 6- string electric basses, acoustic guitar
  • Clive “Toli” Thacker – drums, percussion

Track listing:

Side 1

sub-titled – How Good Would It Be To Feel Free

  1. Tropic of Capricorn – Brian Auger
  2. Czechoslovakia – Julie Driscoll
  3. Take Me to the Water – Nina Simone
  4. A Word About Colour – Julie Driscoll

Side 2

sub-titled – Kiss Him Quick He Has To Part

  1. Light My Fire – John Densmore, Robby Krieger, Ray Manzarek, Jim Morrison
  2. Indian Rope Man – Richie Havens, Joe Price, Mark Roth
  3. When I Was a Young Girl – traditional; arranged by Julie Driscoll
  4. The Flesh Failures (Let the Sunshine In) – James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Galt MacDermot

LP side 3

sub-titled – Looking In The Eye Of The World

  1. Ellis Island – Brian Auger
  2. In Search of the Sun – Dave Ambrose
  3. Finally Found You Out – Brian Auger
  4. Looking in the Eye of the World – Brian Auger

LP side 4

sub-titled – Save The Country

  1. Vauxhall to Lambeth Bridge – Julie Driscoll
  2. All Blues – Miles Davis, Oscar Brown
  3. I’ve Got Life – James Rado, Gerome Ragni, Galt MacDermot
  4. Save the Country – Laura Nyro

Derek Wadsworth

On December 3, 2008, Derek Wadsworth died aged 69. He was musician (cornet, trombone, keyboards), composer and arranger. He was musical director for Diana Ross, Dusty Springfield, and the musical “Hair”. As a musician and arranger he worked with Maynard Ferguson, Georgie Fame, Nina Simone, David Essex, Judy Garland, Humphrey Lyttelton, Graham Collier, Tonny Bennett, George Harrison, Tom Jones, Dionne Warwick, Mike Oldfield, Simply Red, Kate Bush, Cat Stevens, Small Faces, Manferd Mann, and the Rolling Stones.

In February 1959.

In February 1959, “Bethlehem Records” label released “Little Girl Blue”, the debut Nina Simone album. It was recorded in December 1957, in New York City.

Personnel:

  • Nina Simone– vocals, piano, arrangements
  • Jimmy Bond– double bass
  • Albert “Tootie” Heath– drums
  • Joseph Muranyi– liner notes

Track listing:

  1. Mood Indigo – Duke Ellington, Barney Bigard, Irving Mills
  2. Don’t Smoke in Bed – Willard Robison
  3. He Needs Me – Arthur Hamilton
  4. Little Girl Blue – Richard Rodgers, Lorenz Hart
  5. Love Me or Leave Me – Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn
  6. My Baby Just Cares for Me – Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn
  7. Good Bait – Count Basie, Tadd Dameron
  8. Plain Gold Ring – George Stone (aka Earl Burroughs)
  9. You’ll Never Walk Alone – Richard Rodgers, Oscar Hammerstein II
  10. I Loves You, Porgy – DuBose Heyward, George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin
  11. Central Park Blues – Nina Simone

On July 1, 1971.

On July 1, 1971, “Atco” label released “Everything Is Everything”, the debut Donny Hathaway studio album. It was recorded September 1969 – April 1970, and was produced by Donny Hathaway and Ric Powell.

Personnel:

  • Donny Hathaway – lead and backing vocals, electric pianos,  organ, additional bass guitar, keyboard bass, arranger, conductor
  • John Littlejohn – vocal, guitar
  • King Curtis– guitar
  • Phil Upchurch- bass guitar, guitar
  • Marshall Hawkins- bass guitar
  • Louis Satterfield- bass guitar
  • Morris Jennings– drums
  • Ric Powell – drums, percussion
  • Master Henry Gibson– congas
  • Clifford P. Davis – alto saxophone
  • Don Myrick- alto saxophone
  • Johnny Board – tenor saxophone
  • Lenard Druss – tenor saxophone
  • Willie Henderson- baritone saxophone
  • John Howell – trumpet
  • Oscar Brashear– trumpet
  • Robert A. Lewis – trumpet
  • Cyril Touff – bass trumpet
  • John Avant – trombone
  • Morris Ellis – trombone
  • Aaron Dodd – tuba
  • John Lounsberry – French horn
  • Ethel Merker – French horn
  • Paul A. Teryett – French hor
  • The Vashonettes – backing vocals
  • Murray Allen, Roger Anfinsen – recording
  • Haig Adishian – design
  • Jim Taylor – photography

Track listing:

  1. Voices Inside (Everything Is Everything) – Richard Evans, Ric Powell, Phil Upchurch
  2. Je Vous Aime (I Love You) – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson, Edward Kennedy
  3. I Believe to My Soul – Ray Charles
  4. Misty – Johnny Burke, Erroll Garner
  5. Sugar Lee – Donny Hathaway, Ric Powell
  6. Tryin’ Times – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  7. Thank You Master (For My Soul) – Donny Hathaway
  8. The Ghetto – Donny Hathaway, Leroy Hutson
  9. To Be Young, Gifted and Black – Weldon Irvine, Nina Simone

On April 17, 2017.

On April 17, 2007, “Universal/DDB Records/EmArcy Records” labels released “Red Earth”, the 16th Dee Dee Bridgewater album. It was recorded August – November 2006, at “Studio Bogolan” in Bamako, Mali, and “Studio Davout” in Paris, and was produced by Jean Marie Durand, Dee Dee Bridgewater and Cheick Tidiane Seck.

Personnel:

  • Dee Dee Bridgewater- lead vocal
  • Cheick Tidiane Seck- calebasse, Fender rhodes, karignan, Hammond organ, backing vocals
  • Edsel Gomez – piano
  • Ira Coleman- nass
  • Minino Garay – cajon, caxixi, cymbals, drums, percussion
  • Lansiné Kouyaté – balafon
  • Habib “Dia” Sangaré – bolon
  • Alou Kouloubali – calebasse
  • Lassy “King” Massassy – rap vocals
  • “Petit” Adama Diarra – djembe
  • Cheick “Sékou” Oumar – djembe
  • Djifli Mamadou Sanogo – djembe
  • Moussa Sissikho – djembe, soloist
  • Maré Sanogo – doum-doum
  • Lamine Tounkara – doum-doum
  • Aly Wagué – flute
  • Gabriel Durand – guitar
  • Modibo Kouyaté – guitar
  • Jacob Soubeiga – guitar
  • Djelimady Tounkara- guitar, soloist
  • Benogo Diakite – kamalngoni, soloist
  • Mamadou Diabaté – kora
  • Cherif Samano – kora
  • Yakhoba Sissokho – kora, soloist
  • Adama Tounkara – ngoni
  • Moriba Koïta – ngoni, soloist
  • Bassekou Kouyate- ngoni, soloist
  • “Pepito” Sekouba Kouyaté – tamav
  • Moussa Sissoko – tama
  • Ramata Diakité- vocals
  • Oumou Sangare- vocals
  • Fatou- background vocals
  • Mamani Keïta- vocals, backing vocals
  • Fatoumata Kouyaté – vocals, backing vocals
  • Kabiné Kouyaté – vocals, backing vocals
  • Amy Sacko – vocals, backing vocals
  • Baba Sissoko- backing vocals

Track listing:

All tracks by Dee Dee Bridgewater, except where noted.

  1. Afro Blue – Oscar Brown, Jr., Mongo Santamaría
  2. Bad Spirits
  3. Dee Dee – Dee Dee Bridgewater, Baba Sissoko
  4. Mama Don’t Ever Go Away
  5. Long Time Ago – Dee Dee Bridgewater, Wayne Shorter
  6. Children Go ‘Round
  7. The Griots
  8. Oh My Love
  9. Four Women – Nina Simone
  10. No More
  11. Red Earth
  12. Meanwhile – Dee Dee Bridgewater, Edsel Gomez
  13. Compared to What – Lassy “King” Massassy, Gene McDaniels

On February 10, 2017.

On February 10, 2017, Oleta Adams self released “Third Set”, her tenth album. It was recorded in 2016, at “Firehouse Studios”, and was produced by Oleta Adams.

Personnel:

  • Oleta Adams – vocals, piano, keyboards, arranger
  • James Harrah – guitar
  • John Cushon – drums, cajon
  • John Peña – bass
  • Matt O’Connor – percussion
  • Sadaharu Yagi, Josh Lewis – engineer
  • Bernie Becker – mastering
  • Les D. Cooper – mixing, engineer
  • Chevy Nash – art direction
  • Erin Edwards – graphic art
  • Chevy Nash, Robert Kopchak, Steven Frazier – design

Track listing:

  1. It’s Alright With Me – Cole Porter
  2. Only the Lone – Jimmy Van Heusen, Sammy Cahn
  3. Don’t Interrupt The Sorrow – Joni Mitchell
  4. River – Joni Mitchell
  5. Do I Move You – Nina Simone
  6. Evolution (Acoustic) – Brock Walsh, Ivan Lins
  7. Rhythm Of Life (Acoustic) – Nicky Holland, Roland Orzabal
  8. Blowin’ In The Wind – Bob Dylan
  9. Wilted Roses – Oleta Adams, Raina Bundy
  10. His Loving Eyes – Oleta Adams

In October 1967.

In October 1967, “RCA” label released “Silk & Soul”, the thirteenth Nina Simone studio album. It was recorded in 1967, at “RCA Victor’s Studio B”, and was produced by Danny Davis.

Personnel:

  • Nina Simone – piano, vocals
  • Gene Taylor- bass
  • Sammy Lowe- arrangements, conductor
  • Ray Hall – engineer

Track listing:

  1. It Be’s That Way Sometime – Sam Waymon
  2. The Look of Love – Burt Bacharach, Hal David
  3. Go to Hell – Morris Bailey, Jr.
  4. Love O’ Love – Andy Stroud
  5. Cherish – Terry Kirkman
  6. I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free – Billy Taylor
  7. Turn Me On – John D. Loudermilk
  8. Turning Point – Martha Holmes
  9. Some Say – Charles Reuben
  10. Consummation – Nina Simone