NINA SIMONE born Eunice Kathleen Waymon (February 21, 1933 – April 21, 2003), was an American singer, songwriter, pianist, arranger, and civil rights activist widely associated with jazz music. Simone aspired to become a classical pianist while working in a broad range of styles including classical, jazz, blues, folk, R&B, gospel, and pop.
“Sitting here having a coffee and looking at the new TV,thinking about my mum and dads first set.Black and white,one channel BBC 10 ins screen…and now 46ins,HD 1000 channel etc………. still sod all worth watching”—
This is one of my all time favorite songs. I would hear this song everyday when I was younger because my dad would play it constantly and I fell in love with. Watermelon Man by Herbie Hancock is so groovy and when the drums come in, it’s impossible to keep your head from bobbing. This is a nice change of pace from all the electronic that I have been posting.
Lyle Mays, who came to fame for his electric collaborations with Pat Metheny, surprised many with this superior outing in an acoustic trio setting. On the liner jacket Mays thanks Herbie Hancock, Keith Jarrett, and Paul Bley for their inspiration. If one adds in Chick Corea and especially Bill Evans, that should give listeners an idea of what to expect. However, to his credit (and with the assistance of bassist Marc Johnson and drummer Jack Dejohnette) Mays avoids performing overly played standards and sticks mostly to originals (including two free improvisations). There is no coasting on this excellent set.