Nina Simone – Nina’s Back – 1985
I loved the pun of this album. Nina’s Back can of course reference both the photo on the cover and that she’s back for another album. Very funny in my world. For me, some kind of Jazz is hard to classify. This is that kind of jazz. It’s definitive jazz, but I’d also say funk (if I even knew what that was). It doesn’t rock my boat but it’s ok to listen to once in a while. Since this is more or less vocal jazz there are big band arrangements but not in the way that you’d do with New Orleans jazz fr instance. Ninas Voice is powerful and at times it’s very masculine. Very dark female voice for sure.