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Rediscover the greatest jazz classics in the highest sound quality, featuring masterpieces by Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Thelonious Monk, Baden Powell, Chat Baker, Billie Holiday, Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, D...

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Title Artist Album Duration
1
In A Sentimental Mood
Duke Ellington Duke Ellington & John Coltrane 00:04:16

Duke Ellington, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - John Coltrane, Producer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Elvin Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Aaron Bell, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc., Mit freundlicher Genehmigung: Universal Music GmbH, Austria

2
The Washington Twist
Bill Evans Empathy 00:06:30

Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Shelly Manne, MainArtist - Bill Evans, MainArtist - Monty Budwig, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Locomotion
John Coltrane Blue Train 00:07:14

John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Paul Chambers, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Philly Joe Jones, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Drew, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Curtis Fuller, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2012 Capitol Records, LLC

4
Watermelon Man (Remastered)
Herbie Hancock Takin' Off 00:07:10

Dexter Gordon, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - HERBIE HANCOCK, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Billy Higgins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Butch Warren, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Freddie Hubbard, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2007 Blue Note Records

5
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Album Version)
Charles Mingus Ah Um 00:05:44

Dannie Richmond, Drums - C. Mingus, Composer - C. Mingus, Lyricist - Teo Macero, Producer - Charles Mingus, Performer - Charles Mingus, Bass - John Handy, Alto Saxophone - Booker Ervin, Tenor Saxophone - Horace Parlan, Piano

Originally released 1959. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

6
Congeniality
Ornette Coleman The Shape Of Jazz To Come 00:06:48

Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - Billy Higgins, Drums - Ornette Coleman, Composer, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist - Charlie Haden, Double Bass - Don Cherry, Cornet

1959 Atlantic Records 1959 Atlantic Records

7
Naima (2020 Remaster)
John Coltrane Giant Steps (60th Anniversary Super Deluxe Edition) 00:04:25

TOM DOWD, Engineer - Nesuhi Ertegun, Producer - John Coltrane, Tenor Saxophone, Writer, MainArtist - Phil Iehle, Engineer - Paul Chambers, Upright Bass - Wynton Kelly, Piano - Jimmy Cobb, Drums

© 2020 Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. All Rights Reserved. Manufactured for & Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company. ℗ 1960 Atlantic Recording Corporation. Marketed by Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.

8
Cunga Black (Remastered 2004/Rudy Van Gelder Edition)
Freddie Hubbard Blue Spirits 00:05:14

Rudy Van Gelder, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Freddie Hubbard, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2004 Blue Note Records

9
Passion Dance (2012 Remastered)
McCoy Tyner The Real McCoy 00:08:46

Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - McCoy Tyner, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2012 Blue Note Records

Thelonious Monk Trio, MainArtist - Thelonious Monk, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gary Mapp, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2017 Craft Recordings, a division of Concord Music Group, Inc.

11
Tristeza
Baden Powell Tristeza on Guitar 00:03:22

Baden Powell, Performer - Haroldo Lobo, Composer, Lyricist - Niltinho Tristeza, Composer, Lyricist

2017 MPS / Edel Germany GmbH 2017 MPS / Edel Germany GmbH

12
It Could Happen To You
Chet Baker The Legendary Riverside Albums 00:02:50

James Van Heusen, ComposerLyricist - Johnny Burke, ComposerLyricist - Chet Baker, Trumpet, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Sam Jones, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Drew, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Dannie Richmond, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Grauer, Producer

℗ 2019 Craft Recordings.

13
Ain't Misbehavin' (I'm Savin' My Love For You)
Billie Holiday Stay With Me 00:04:40

Andy Razaf, ComposerLyricist - Billy Bauer, Electric Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Billie Holiday, MainArtist - Fats Waller, ComposerLyricist - Harry Brooks, ComposerLyricist - Budd Johnson, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Tony Scott, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - BILLY TAYLOR, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Leonard Gaskin, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Leroy Lovett, Producer, Unknown, Other - Charlie Shavers, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Cozy Cole, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1955 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
In the Mod (In the Mood)
Glenn Miller & His Orchestra In the Mod 00:03:00

The Glenn Miller Orchestra, Associated Performer, Main Artist - Buddy Defranco, Associated Performer - The Glenn Miller Orchestra under the direction of Buddy DeFranco, Associated Performer - Don Sebesky, Arranger, Composer - Brad McCuen, Producer - Joe Garland, Composer

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by RCA Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

15
Once In A While (Live At Birdland, New York/1954)
Art Blakey A Night At Birdland 00:05:19

Rudy Van Gelder, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Silver, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Clifford Brown, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bud Green, ComposerLyricist - Lou Donaldson, Alto Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Curly Russell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Michael Edwards, ComposerLyricist - Art Blakey Quintet, MainArtist

℗ 1954 Blue Note Records

16
Prisoner Of Love
Coleman Hawkins Coleman Hawkins Encounters Ben Webster 00:04:16

Russ Columbo, ComposerLyricist - Ben Webster, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - RAY BROWN, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Leo Robin, ComposerLyricist - Coleman Hawkins, Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Herb Ellis, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Clarence Gaskill, ComposerLyricist - Oscar Peterson, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Alvin Stoller, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1959 UMG Recordings, Inc.

17
Can't You Just Feel It
Lonnie Smith Finger Lickin' Good 00:02:50

L. Smith, Composer - Lonnie Smith, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

Originally released 1967. All rights reserved by Columbia Records, a division of Sony Music Entertainment

18
Sky High (Remastered 2013)
Donald Byrd Black Byrd 00:05:57

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Donald Byrd, MainArtist - Laurence Mizell, Composer, Producer

℗ 2013 Blue Note Records

19
Back At The Chicken Shack
Jimmy Smith Back At The Chicken Shack: The Incredible Jimmy Smith 00:08:03

Alfred Lion, Producer - Stanley Turrentine, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Kenny Burrell, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Jimmy Smith, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Donald Bailey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Blue Note Records

20
Desafinado
Quincy Jones Big Band Bossa Nova 00:02:59

Quincy Jones, Producer, MainArtist - António Carlos Jobim, ComposerLyricist - Jim Hall, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Zoot Sims, Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Roland Kirk, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer - Clark Terry, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Toots Thielemans, Harmonica, AssociatedPerformer - Newton Ferreira de Mendonca, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

21
Samba Dees Days
Stan Getz Jazz Samba 00:03:35

Stan Getz, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bill Reichenbach, Drums, Percussion, AssociatedPerformer - Charlie Byrd, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Buddy Deppenschmidt, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Gene Byrd, Double Bass, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Keter Betts, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Creed Taylor, Producer

℗ 1962 UMG Recordings, Inc.

22
Maria
Oscar Peterson West Side Story 00:04:54

Stephen Sondheim, ComposerLyricist - Leonard Bernstein, ComposerLyricist - The Oscar Peterson Trio, MainArtist - Jim Davis, Producer

℗ 1962 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Richard Williams, Trumpet - Duke Ellington, Piano, Writer - Lawrence Brown, Trombone - Cootie Williams, Trumpet - Billy Strayhorn, Writer - Russell Procope, Clarinet, Alto Saxophone - Harry Carney, Baritone Saxophone - JOHNNY HODGES, Alto Saxophone - Paul Gonsalves, Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone - Buster Cooper, Trombone - Chuck Connors, Trombone - Sam Woodyard, Drums - Cat Anderson, Trumpet - Ray Nance, Trumpet - Duke Ellington And His Orchestra, MainArtist - John Lamb, Bass - Herbie Jones, Trumpet

1965 Reprise Records. 2000 v2 Conversion P Credit

24
L-O-V-E
Diana Krall Turn Up The Quiet 00:04:21

Tommy Lipuma, Producer - Bert Kaempfert, Composer - Al Schmitt, Mixer, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Shari Sutcliffe, Contracting With - Steve Genewick, Co-Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Jeff Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - John Clayton Jr., Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Wilson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Diana Krall, Producer, Co-Arranger, Piano, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Milton Gabler, Author

℗ 2017 Verve Label Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

Cole Porter, ComposerLyricist - Ella Fitzgerald, MainArtist - Alan Emig, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Buddy Bregman Orchestra, Orchestra - Buddy Bregman, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Norman Granz, Producer

℗ 1956 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

26
Broadway
Dexter Gordon Our Man In Paris 00:06:44

Teddy McRae, ComposerLyricist - Henri Woode, ComposerLyricist - Bill Bird, ComposerLyricist - Bud Powell, Piano, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Dexter Gordon, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Ron McMaster, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Francis Wolff, Producer - Kenny Clarke, Drums, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Pierre Michelot, Double Bass, FeaturedArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Claude Ermelin, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1963 Capitol Records, LLC

27
The Sidewinder (Remastered 2012)
Lee Morgan The Sidewinder 00:10:27

Bob Cranshaw, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Billy Higgins, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Barry Harris, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Henderson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Alan Yoshida, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2012 Capitol Records, LLC

28
Louise (Remastered 2019)
Erroll Garner A New Kind of Love (Octave Remastered Series) 00:03:19

Erroll Garner, MainArtist - STEVE ROSENTHAL, Producer - Leith Stevens, Producer - Peter Lockhart, Producer

(C) 2019 Octave Music Licensing, LLC. Under exclusive worldwide license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC. (P) 2019 Octave Music Licensing, LLC. Under exclusive worldwide license to Mack Avenue Records II, LLC.

29
Moanin' (Remastered)
Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers Moanin' 00:09:33

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lee Morgan, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Timmons, Composer, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Jymie Merritt, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey & The Jazz Messengers, MainArtist - Benny Goldson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Capitol Records, LLC

30
Lion's Den (Remastered 2014)
Kenny Drew Undercurrent 00:04:54

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Kenny Drew, Composer, MainArtist

℗ 2014 Blue Note Records

31
Remember (Remastered 2013)
Hank Mobley Soul Station 00:05:39

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Irving Berlin, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Hank Mobley, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Paul Chambers, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 2013 Capitol Records, LLC

32
Flight 19
Andrew Hill Point of Departure 00:04:09

Richard Davis, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Kenny Dorham, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Andrew Hill, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Eric Dolphy, Flute, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Henderson, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Anthony Williams, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 Blue Note Records

33
Un Poco Loco (Rudy Van Gelder Edition / Remastered 1998)
Bud Powell The Amazing Bud Powell 00:04:44

Bud Powell, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Michael Cuscuna, Producer - Rudy Van Gelder, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Max Roach, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Hawkins, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Curly Russell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Curley Russell, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 1998 Capitol Records, LLC

34
Adam's Apple
Wayne Shorter Adam's Apple 00:06:50

HERBIE HANCOCK, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Wayne Shorter, Composer, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Reggie Workman, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Joe Chambers, Drums, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1966 Capitol Records, LLC

35
Yesterdays
Wes Montgomery The Wes Montgomery Trio 00:03:19

Jerome Kern, ComposerLyricist - Otto Harbach, ComposerLyricist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer - Wes Montgomery Trio, MainArtist

℗ 2017 Concord Music Group, Inc.

36
If I May (Stereo/SACD)
Nat King Cole The Nat King Cole Story 00:02:58

Nat King Cole, MainArtist - Lee Gillette, Producer - Charles Singleton, ComposerLyricist - Rose Marie McCoy, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2010 Capitol Records, LLC

37
Cabaret (Single Version)
Louis Armstrong What A Wonderful World 00:02:46

Louis Armstrong, Trumpet, Vocals, AssociatedPerformer - John Kander, Composer - Fred Ebb, Author - Buddy Catlett, Bass Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Danny Barcelona, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Thiele, Producer - Tyree Glenn, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Louis Armstrong And The All-Stars, MainArtist - Art Ryerson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Marty Napoleon, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Muranyi, Clarinet, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1967 UMG Recordings, Inc.

38
Goody, Goody
Frank Sinatra Sinatra And Swingin' Brass 00:01:46

Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - Neal Hefti, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Frank Sinatra, MainArtist - GREGG GELLER, Producer - Matty Malneck, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1962 Frank Sinatra Enterprises, LLC, Universal Music International B.V

39
I'm An Old Cowhand
Sonny Rollins Way Out West 00:05:43

Johnny Mercer, ComposerLyricist - Sonny Rollins, MainArtist - Lester Koenig, Producer, Recording Producer

℗ 2016 Concord Music Group, Inc.

40
Just the Two of Us (feat. Bill Withers)
Grover Washington Jr. Winelight 00:07:25

William Salter, Writer - Ralph MacDonald, Producer, Percussion, Writer - Grover Washington, Jr., MainArtist - Eric Gale, Guitar - Bill Eaton, Conductor, Synthesiser - Yvonne Lewis, Backing Vocals - Ullanda McCullough, Backing Vocals - Steve Gadd, Drums - Bill Withers, Writer, FeaturedArtist - Hilda Harris, Backing Vocals - Ed Walsh, Synthesiser - GROVER WASHINGTON, Producer, Alto Saxophone, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone - Vladimir Meller, Masterer - Richard Alderson, Engineer - Ed Heath, AssistantEngineer

© 1980 Elektra Entertainment Company ℗ 1980 Elektra/Asylum Records for the United States and WEA International Inc. for the world outside of the United States.

41
Groovin' High
Lou Donaldson Lou Takes Off 00:06:22

Rudy Van Gelder, Mastering Engineer, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Donald Byrd, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Art Taylor, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Sonny Clark, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Dizzy Gillespie, Composer - Curtis Fuller, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Lou Donaldson, Alto Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jamil Nasser, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal)

℗ 2008 Blue Note Records

42
The Preacher
Horace Silver Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers 00:04:16

Rudy Van Gelder, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Alfred Lion, Producer - Hank Mobley, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Art Blakey, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Doug Watkins, AssociatedPerformer, Bass (Vocal) - Horace Silver, Piano, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Kenny Dorham, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Horace Silver And The Jazz Messengers, MainArtist - Kevin Gray, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 1955 Blue Note Records

43
Love In (Live Version)
Charles Lloyd The Best Of Charles Lloyd 00:04:56

Charles Lloyd Quartet, MainArtist - Charles Lloyd, Writer

1970 Atlantic Records 1967 Atlantic Records

44
Water
Joe Henderson The Elements 00:07:33

Joe Henderson, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Alice Coltrane, MainArtist - Orrin Keepnews, Producer

℗ 2017 Concord Music Group, Inc.

45
Landscape For Future Earth
Keith Jarrett Facing You 00:03:34

Keith Jarrett, Composer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 1972 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

46
Serenity (Live)
Chick Corea Trilogy 2 00:07:39

Bernie Grundman, Mastering Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Brian Vibberts, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel - CHICK COREA, Producer, Piano, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Joe Henderson, ComposerLyricist - Christian McBride, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Brian Blade, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Bernie Kirsh, Producer, Co-Producer, Recording Engineer, Mix Engineer, StudioPersonnel

℗ 2018 Stretch Records, Inc.

47
Entering
Jan Garbarek Places 00:07:52

John Taylor , Piano, AssociatedPerformer - JACK DEJOHNETTE, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Saxophones, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer, ComposerLyricist - Bill Connors, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1978 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

48
Moor
Gary Peacock Voice From The Past - Paradigm 00:05:05

JACK DEJOHNETTE, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Gary Peacock, Composer, Double Bass, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tomasz Stanko, Trumpet, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Manfred Eicher, Producer - Jan Garbarek, Soprano Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1982 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

49
Love Song
John Abercrombie Timeless 00:04:37

Jan Hammer, Organ, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - John Abercrombie, Composer, Guitar, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - JACK DEJOHNETTE, Drums, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Tony May, Recording Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Jan Erik Kongshaug, Mixer, StudioPersonnel - Manfred Eicher, Producer

℗ 1975 ECM Records GmbH, under exclusive license to Deutsche Grammophon GmbH, Berlin

50
Take Care Of Business
Nina Simone I Put A Spell On You 00:02:03

Horace Ott, Conductor, Recording Arranger, AssociatedPerformer - Nina Simone, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Hal Mooney, Producer - Andrew Benjamin Stroud, ComposerLyricist - Rudy Stevenson, Guitar, AssociatedPerformer - Bobby Hamilton, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Lisle Atkinson, Upright Bass, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1965 UMG Recordings, Inc.

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Rediscover the greatest jazz classics in the highest sound quality, featuring masterpieces by Duke Ellington, Bill Evans, Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Herbie Hancock, Charles Mingus, Ornette Coleman, McCoy Tyner, Freddie Hubbard, Thelonious Monk, Baden Powell, Chat Baker, Billie Holiday, Quincy Jones, Stan Getz, Oscar Peterson, Diana Krall, Ella Fitzgerald, Dexter Gordon, Art Blakey, Wayne Shorter, Nat King Cole, Louis Armstrong, Nina Simone, Norah Jones and many more in 192 kHz!

Photo: Chet Baker at the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Netherlands, 20th July 1983. (Frans Schellekens/Redferns)

The Struggles of Nina Simone

by Marc Zisman

Although today she is seen as one of the most original voices in jazz and soul, Nina Simone's life was anything but a smooth and gentle climb to the top. The woman who dreamed of being the first black American classical pianist had to struggle against others, against her own family, and even against herself.

This latest fight backfired. Her concerts were cancelled one after another; her husband forbade her from learning to use a gun; her family was asking for more and more financial support; the taxman was pursuing her for incredible sums: Nina Simone had never felt so alone. Worse, her character was becoming increasingly out of control and her speech was at times incoherent. In September 1970, she threw in the towel, leaving Andrew and her native country, heading for Barbados. Four years later, she flew for Liberia in Africa, accompanied by her daughter Lisa. In the film What Happened, Miss Simone? she describes this time as the happiest of her life. There, however, her behaviour went seriously off the rails and Nina, formerly a beaten wife herself, in turn started beating her own daughter. This unbearable situation pushed the 14-year-old to return to live with her father in the United States. Her delusions were mounting up – she said she had hated playing the piano since she was 4 years old – and her resources were drying up. She recorded a few albums that met with mixed success both critically and commercially (It Is Finished for RCA in 1974 and Baltimore for CTI in 1978). Her need for money led her to fly to Europe where she hoped for a warm reception from fans.

She headed first to Switzerland and then to France, where she settled in 1981. She lived in a Parisian flat that she didn't take care of very well, and made her living in small venues like the Trois Mailletz. Her comeback failed to make a splash, and the clubs weren't selling out. But Nina spent the last few years of her life performing on European stages (London, Montreux) and producing a few final albums (in 1982 Fodder on My Wings for Carrère, in 1987 Let It Be Me for Verve and in 1993 A Single Woman for Elektra). Demons gnawed at her, but medicine helped her stay afloat. Her schizophrenia and bipolar disorder were treated with Trilafon, a very powerful antipsychotic. On stage, her soulful, high-priestess voice was no longer quite the same. Her personal life was a disaster, her loneliness was worse than ever, but thanks to Chanel, the public remembered her again. In 1993, she moved to Bouc-Bel-Air near Aix, alternating between concerts around the world (São Paulo, Seattle, Marciac...) and bouts of insanity (setting fire to her house, shooting a neighbour...). On 21 April 2003, she lost one more battle, this one to breast cancer. Two days earlier, however, Nina Simone had won a different fight. And it was a big one: the Philadelphia Curtis Institute, which had rejected her so many years before, finally awarded her an honorary degree.

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