It was inevitable that Nina would one day sing Duke Ellington, and that day, much-waited and much-wanted, is happily here.
Nina and the Duke are as natural together as music itself. Ellington’s individualistic and timeless music is complemented perfectly by one of the great stylists of our time.
Her range, through the Ellington standards to the lesser-known but nonetheless unique creations, is nothing short of masterful. “Solitude,” “Do Nothin’ Till You Hear From Me,” “It Don’t Mean a Thing,” “I Got It Bad” – along with all the others – never had it so good.
In summary, Nina is in her element, her element is song, the songs are by Duke Ellington, and the pieces, all put together, spell Great Album.
- Nina Simone: vocals, piano, arrangements
- Malcolm Dodd Singers: backing vocals
- Stu Phillips: producer
- Label: Colpix, 1962
- Recording session: New York City – 1961
- Catalog number: CP 425 / SCP 425