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October 24, 2006

NINA SIMONE - REMIXED & REIMAGINED


As the child of a Jazz player, I grew up with haunting voices swirling around my head. There's the famous story of my Pops playing in the band behind Billie Holiday at the Grammy Awards back in the day, when she turned around to wave at him and say "Hello, Buell". And with the exception of Billie, and Ella, perhaps no other woman's voice is as moving as that of the illustrious Nina Simone.

Legacy is presenting a brand-new Nina Simone album...well, sort of. Some of her classic songs have been remixed by a variety of DJs/Producers from Coldcut (remixers of Eric B. & Rakim's Paid in Full) to Jazeem to DJ Logic; in a variety of styles and tempos. And while Jazz purists (Hello, Buell, if you're reading) may take umbrage at this remix concept, anyone of the Hip Hop generation who isn't already a fan of Miz Simone should definitely take a listen.

And to those purists, who are undoubtedly on some Be-Bop shit as much as I'm on some Hip-Hop shit - remember this. Our movement is the rebirth of yours, we're your children in Soul if not by blood; and the spirit of Jazz - free, modern or otherwise - is alive in this Hip Hop generation of which I'm so blessed and proud to have been born into.

This unparalleled voice of hers lives on, haunting as ever. Reimagine that.

"So while you imitatin' Al Capone / I be Nina Simone and defecating on your microphone" — Lauryn Hill

Click here to download "Turn Me On" - alternative versions not available on the CD!
http://www.sendspace.com/file/9jcg0z - Vocal Mix
http://www.sendspace.com/file/k0f329 - Main Mix

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http://www.myspace.com/ninasimone


TRACKLIST:
1. I Can’t See Nobody (Daniel Y. Remix)
2. Funkier Than A Mosquito’s Tweeter (Jazzeem’s All Styles Remix)
3. Ain’t Got No - I Got Life (Groovefinder Remix)
4. Save Me (Coldcut Remix)
5. Turn Me On (Tony Humphries Got U Turned On Dub)
6. Here Comes The Sun (François K. Remix)
7. Westwind (Organica Remix)
8. Go To Hell (Mowo Remix)
9. My Man’s Gone Now (DJ Wally Remix)
10. The Look Of Love (Madison Park vs. Lenny B Remix)
11. O-o-h Child (Nickodemus Remix)
12. To Love Somebody (Chris Coco’s Stadium Rocker Remix)
13. Obeah Woman (DJ Logic Remix)

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