November 30, 2023

By Mark Kennedy
NEW YORK — Nina Simone followers have a cause for feeling good: A beforehand unreleased recording of the legendary artist’s set on the Newport Jazz Pageant in July 1966 is being launched.

Verve Data and UMe on Friday are issuing “You’ve Received to Study,” a six-song set that features a completely different tackle Simone’s celebrated protest tune “Mississippi Goddam.”

The songs additionally embrace “You’ve Received to Study, ”‘I Loves You, Porgy,” “Blues For Mama,” “Be My Husband” and ”Music for Lovers.” Simone, who additionally performs piano, is joined by guitar, bass, and drums.

There are sound points all through — as they’re sorted out earlier than the ultimate tune, the encore “Music for Lovers,” she screams “Shut up! “Shut up!” to a heckler — however Simone’s energy and mastery are clearly potent.

“Her efficiency just isn’t fiery a lot as passionate, not essential a lot as coaxing,” writes Simone scholar Shana L. Redmond within the liner notes. “These are love songs and every captured one thing of the cautious mixture of intimacy and immediacy on stage for which Simone was identified.”

“Mississippi Goddam,” was written by Simone in response to the 1963 Alabama church bombing that killed 4 little ladies and the assassination of Medgar Evers in Mississippi that very same yr. The model Simone sung that day swings otherwise than earlier variations, much less hectoring and contains the road “Watts has made me lose my relaxation,” a reference to the riots in Los Angeles on Aug. 11, 1965.

This yr marks Simone’s ninetieth birthday. The so-called “Excessive Priestess of Soul” and a civil rights icon recorded practically 40 albums between 1958 and 1973, with such cherished songs as “I Put a Spell on You,” “Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood” and “Feeling Good.” She died in 2003.