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A Single Woman [Nina Simone] [081227999902]

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    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 2799990

  • Credits
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    Personnel includes: Nina Simone (vocals, piano); Jack Sheldon (trumpet); Jeffrey De Rosa, Richard Todd (French horn); Frank Marocco (accordion); Earle Dumler, Gary Foster, Valerie King (reeds); Israel Baker, Gina Kronstadt, Joel Derouin (violin); Marilyn Baker, Evan Wilson, Herschel Wise (viola); Fred Seykora, Suzie Katayama (cello); Carol Robbins, Ann Stockton (harp); Michael Melvoin (piano); John Chiodini, Al Shackman (guitar); John Clayton, Jim Hughart, John Pena, Margot MacLaine (bass); Jeffrey Hamilton, Paul Robinson (drums); Larry Bunker, Darryl Jackson, William Summers (percussion).
    Recorded at Oceanway Studios, Hollywood, California, and Mad Hatter Studio, Los Angeles, California. Includes liner notes by Ntozake Shange.
    For four decades, Nina Simone has bewitched listeners with her uncategorizable blend of music. Unwilling to compromise to popular standards, hers has been a lonely course which led her away from the United States. Nina Simone adds to her recording legacy with this fine 1993 collection of contemplative tracks (which was her first release in more than five years).
    A SINGLE WOMAN is an appropriately titled, almost autobiographical testament to her life, a meditation on the joys and pains of a woman alone. Her rich, deep voice soars dramatically over lush orchestral arrangements. The album's high point is a superb reprise of her haunting tango arrangement of "Just Say I Love Him" with guitarist Al Shackman (whom she worked with during her early years) making a guest appearance. Also included are three Rod McKuen songs and a moving version of the standard "The Folks Who Live on the Hill" that is dedicated to the late Prime Minister of Barbados.

  • Critic Reviews
    Entertainment Weekly (9/17/93, p.89) - "...at 60, the almost mystically charismatic Nine Simone still has [a] deep, musky, androgynous sound...a true original reaches the point of inevitable return..." - Rating: A-
    Q (10/93, p.110) - 4 Stars - Excellent - "...Simone avoids her usual pointed commentary style in favor of atmospheric strings and a mood of contemplation...worldly but still restless, vulnerable--she brings real life emotions to what would otherwise be smug or corny..."
    New York Times (Publisher) (8/8/93, p.24) - "...Lavishly arranged for strings, it avoids the political rallying that has dominated much of her work to concentrate on themes of solitude and yearning..."
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