Two great Nina Simone sets for Colpix – back to back on a single CD! Forbidden Fruit features prime work from Nina – caught at the point when she was turning her style from straight jazz into more of a folk-inspired soulful sound – filled with power, anger, and sheer raw emotion – played by a small combo of piano, bass, guitar, and drums, but in
a way that opens up in
so many different musical directions! There's a really strong genre-crossing approach at work here – and titles include "Rags & Old Iron", "I Love To Love", "Work Song", "No Good Man", "Gin House blues", "Memphis In
June" and "Forbidden Fruit". Next up is a key early moment for Nina – recorded live at Newport in
1960, at a time when the festival was one of the most important showcases for groundbreaking jazz! The set's a hip batch of tunes that includes a few standards like "Trouble In Mind
" and "You'd Be So Nice To Come Home To", all done with the righteous Simone flair – plus other lesser-known tracks like "Flo Me La" and "Nina's Blues", opened up in
the setting with some nice small combo backing!