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Nature Art at sunset
A mood-enhancing light and play of colors and music by Nina Simone.

„There are not many things
In life you can be sure of.

Rain comes from the clouds,
And sun lights up the sky,
And humming birds do fly.

Winter turns to spring.
Wounded heart will heal.
Never much too soon
Everything must change…“
(Lyrics by George Benson)

Here to listen to Nina Simone´s version of „Everything Must Change“ (YouTube-Link)


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Everything Must Change

Sunset Wittenbergen
„There are not many things
In life you can be sure of.

Rain comes from the clouds,
And sun lights up the sky,
And humming birds do fly.

Winter turns to spring.
Wounded heart will heal.
Never much too soon
Everything must change…“
(Lyrics by George Benson)

Yesterday was the birthday of Nina Simone (1933-2003). Here to listen to her version of „Everything Must Change“ (YouTube-Link)

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Soul Years Nina Simone

„Oh sinnerman, where you gonna run to?“

Today in Soul Years it is all about one epic song, „Sinner Man.“ „Sinner Man“ or „Sinnerman“ is originally a traditional spiritual song. The lyrics describe a sinner attempting to hide from divine justice on Judgement Day. The first modern recorded version came from the 1956 recording by Les Baxter – Sinner Man.

In 1959 the folk musicgroup The Weavers performed her version. I couldn´t find the original version. But here is a version from 1963 from The Weavers with Sinner Man. Now, let us come to the Nina Simone recording.

Heute geht es in den Soul Years um den epischen Song „Sinner Man“ auch „Sinnerman“ was im Original ein traditioneller spiritueller Song ist. Der Text beschreibt einen Sünder der versucht sich zu verbergen vor dem Jüngsten Gericht. 1959 nahm die Musikgruppe The Weavers den Song auf. Von der Originalversion habe ich nichts gefunden. Doch es gibt dafür eine Version der Weavers aus dem Jahre 1963. Und nun kommen wir zu der Aufnahme von Nina Simone.

Nina Simone´s „Sinnerman“ (spelled as one word) is one of  her most famous songs and she recorded her definitive 10-minute-plus version on her 1965 album Pastel Blues. In the early days of her career during the early sixties, when she was heavily involved in the Greenwich Village scene, Simone often used the long piece to end her live performances. Here is another version, taken 1976 at the Montreux Festival Live „Sinnerman.“

Simone’s version of Sinnerman has been sampled by among other things Timbaland for the song „Oh Timbaland“It has also been covered by 16 Horsepower, The Seekers, Blues Musician Eric BibbThere are still some reggae and ska versions by The Wailers featuring Peter Tosh.

Nina Simone´s „Sinnerman“ (in einem Wort) ist einer ihrer meist berühmten Songs die sie je aufgenommen hatte. Entstanden ist eine 10 minütige plus Version auf dem 1965er Album „Pastel Blues.“ In den frühen Tagen ihrer Karriere in den frühen 1960er Jahren, wo sie Teil in der Greenwich Village Scene war, war „Sinnerman“ oft und in der Langfassung ihr letzter Song wenn sie auftrat. 

„Sinnerman“ wurde ziehmlich oft gecovert, u.a. von Timbaland für den Song „Oh Timbaland“. Weiter Coverversionen gibt es u.a. von 16 Horsepower, The Seekers, dem Blues Musiker Eric Bibb. Und es gibt einige Reggae- und SkaVersionen, u.a. von den Wailers mit Peter Tosh. 

Some facts about Nina Simone. She was born as Eunice Kathleen Waymon on February 21, 1933 – Died April 21, 2003, was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist. It is the first but not the last time that I will feature Nina Simone here. Because her life and career is so amazing.

Kurz einige Fakten über Nina Simon. Sie wurde als Eunice Kathleen Waymon am 21. Februar 1933 geboren und starb am 21. April 2003, war eine Amerikanische Sängerin, Komponistin, Pianistin, Arrangeurin und aktive Bürgerrechtsaktivistin. Es ist das erste aber nicht das letzte Mal dass mir Nina Simone hier begegnet. Dafür war ihr Leben und Karriere ziemlich bewegend und interessant. 

What Happened, Miss Simone is a 2015 biographical documentary film about Nina Simone directed by Liz Garbus. The film is available by Netflix. According Netflix, the documentary combines previously unreleased archival footage and interviews with Simone’s daughter and friends. Here is the Official Trailer.

What Happened, Miss Simone ist ein biografischer Film aus 2015 von Liz Garbus über das Leben von Nina Simone. Die Dokumentation ist nun zu sehen über Netflix. Netflix schreibt über den Film, dass man unveröffentlichtes Archivmaterial benutzen konnte. Es gibt Interviews mit ihrer Tochter und Freunden. Dazu gibt es den Offiziellen Trailer. 

Related Information
“Soul Years” is an article series about Classic Soul Music, the artists and the story behind. You find all previous “Soul Years” articles here

Soul Years” ist eine Artikelserie über Soul Musik, die Künstler und die Geschichte dahinter. Alle bereits erschienenen “Soul Years “Artikel finden man hier

More information about Nina Simone/Wikipedia and Sinnerman/Wikipedia

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Do Better

Welcome to a new mix with Soul and Jazz music. This weeks issue with David Byrne, Cocteau Twins, Funky Nina Simone, Moondog, Gil Scott-Heron, a small Brazilian section, Ahmad Jamal, Soundtrack Music, Latin Funk and many others more.

We starting with modern funk sounds meets new wave and with ESG. Then we have a lot of cover versions in the mix. Moondog´s „Bird’s Lament“ and the well known cover song by Mr. Scruff. Woody Hermann plays Deep Purple. I really love those small jewels in jazz music like the short track by Ahmad Jamal, which is brilliant. Lil Silva’s Remix from Little Dragon runs on my personal rotation as well the fantastic British female singer Fatima. The Music Dinner is served. Have a great weekend.

For all new readers and listeners, just a short introduction. “Soul & Jazz and Beyond” is a weekly music selection with a mix of Soul, Funk, Jazz, Beats, Hip Hop, Classic and Rare tracks and contemporary fusion mixes and new sounds.

Listen. Relax and Enjoy!

This way please, click → Do Better…Soul and Jazz #42 (YouTube-Link)

1. ESG – Parking Lot Blues
2. Moondog (Louis Thomas Hardin) – Bird’s Lament (Original)
3. Mr. Scruff – Get a Move On (Cover from Moondog Bird‘ Lament)
4. Ahmad Jamal – Minor Moods
5. Laura Mvula – Green Garden
6. Alex North – Love Theme from the movie „Spartacus“
7. Jungle Fire – Firewalker
8. Woody Hermann Orchestra – Hush (Deep Purple Cover)
9. Little Dragon – Pretty Girls (Lil Silva Remix)
10. Joseph Malik – The Aquarius Song
11. Fatima – Do Better
12. Jun Miyake & David Byrne – A Dream Is A Wish Your Heart Make
13. Cocteau Twins – Blue Bell Knoll
14. Average White Band – Atlantic Avenue
15. Gil Scott-Heron – Me And The Devil
16. Nina Simone – Save Me
17. José Roberto – Crioula Multicolorida
18. Joyce (Moreno) – Feminina

Alternative Link, click → Do Better…Soul and Jazz #42 (YouTube-Link)

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Walk Tall

Walk Tall…This week I remember to three essential songs for the American Civil Rights Movement. And you can listen first to a new song from Leonard Cohen. Before its release on 22th September, you can hear one of those tracks now.

A couple of years ago I read a great article about the intersection between the Black Civil Rights in the 60´s and Power Movements and the music of those eras. Unfortunately the original article is not available anymore. In this article the author recommend some essential songs from this era. Last week I had „Young, Gifted And Black“ in the mix. So I would like to take the chance to share with you three more essential tracks from this era. Nina Simone performs „I Wish I knew How It Would Feel To Be Free“, Julian Edwin „Cannonball“ Adderley plays „Walk Tall“. There is still another version available include the introductory words by The Reverend Jesse Jackson (YouTube-Link).The third song comes from the legendary Sam Cooke: „A Change Is Gonna Come“ which became an anthem for the American Civil Rights Movement.

„It’s been a long, a long time coming
But I know a change gonna come, oh yes it will“

Then we have British funk in the mix, Northern Soul, the German electronic band Kraftwerk and Blondie. New music from his 4th album by José James where he is walking on new paths in music and include rock elements in his songs. I really like artists who trying out new sounds and elements. The french musician and producer Nikitch is still in the mix. Then I selected Charles Aznavour with two songs for this mix. For Jazz Friends, Keith Jarret & Charlie Haden and Charles Mingus are in the mix. Finally taken from the vault, there are rare tracks from Baby Huey and Latin Jazz from Brazil from the artist Dum um Romao, Al Downing and one of my all time favorite song from Smokey Robinson is in the mix.

Listen, relax and enjoy!

This way please, click → Walk Tall…in the mix (36)

1. Nina Simone – I Wish I Knew How It Would Be Feel To Be Free
2. Cannonball Adderly – Walk Tall
3. Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come
4. Madeline Bell – Comin‘ Atcha (British Funk from the 70s)
5. Gloria Jones – Tainted Love (Northern Soul)
6. Kraftwerk – The Hall Of Mirrors
7. José James – Anywhere U Go
8. Nikitch – Hate Or Wait
9. Charles Aznavour -Parce Que Tu Crois („Because You Believe“)
10. Aretha Franklin – Won’t be long
11. Keith Jarrett & Charlie Haden – No Moon At All
12. Baby Huey – Hard Times
13. Al Downing – I’ll Be Holding On (Tom Moulton Mix)
14. Smokey Robinson – Baby’s That Backatcha
15. Dom um Romao – PonteioA
16. Charles Mingus – Better Get Hit In Your Soul
17. Blondie- Rapture
18. Charles Aznavour – C’est fini

Alternative Link, click:→ Walk Tall…in the mix (36)

First listen: Leonard Cohen – Almost Like The Blues (YouTube-Link)
Cohen announces details of his thirteenth album „Popular Problems“, a collection of nine new songs. Before its release on 22 September, you can hear one of those tracks now: Almost Like The Blues. The English Guardian selected a nice Playlist including the new Cohen song.

The last song today comes from the Canadian singer K.D. Lang – Hallejulah (YouTube-Link). It is one of my favorite cover version´s of Leonard Cohen´s Song.

Just a short announcement for the common mix in next week on Friday night. There will be a special with Jazz motives from crime movies and series on TV vs. well known Jazz Artist covering popular Pop Songs. And I am celebrating the 60th birthday of Pat Metheny with a special mix- 12 of the best. Stay tuned.