Some hipster played this on his radio show last night. It ain’t terrible.
nina simonetom thumb's blues
February 24, 2016 at 11:45 am
oh sure I’ve tweeted this 12 times over the last two years, but fancy-pants Jarnow plays it and it’s a thing
February 24, 2016 at 11:47 am
My favorite version of “Tom Thumb’s Blues.” Love that spoken-word ad lib in the middle.
(My silver medal goes to Phil, Spectrum ’85. No kidding. Better than the original.)
“Tom Thumb” is also my third-favorite Nina Simone tune, after “Pirate Jenny” and “Wild Is The Wind.” She brings the drama.
I can do without Madame Simone’s stentorian version of “The Times They Are A’Changin'”, though. Too Kate Smith for my taste. And her live version of “Isn’t It A Pity” is…interesting. My introduction to the Simone oeuvre, c.1981. I almost wrote her off after I heard that one, shaking my head, but Kinky Friedman persisted in endorsing her in his High Times essays. .
February 24, 2016 at 1:03 pm
She’s got a fair amount of bad material. Poor interpretation choices, goofy phrasing, etc. But when she was good she was very very good.
My all time favorite Nina track is the version of “Love Me or Leave Me” with a Bach style classical invention interpolated into the solo – the move from swinging blues/jazz style into baroque and back still gasts my flabber after many a listen
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