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SIMONE

Simone on Simone

2008-05-18

Lisa Celeste Stroud carved out a successful career on stage with lead roles in "Rent" and "Aida," but there was another artistic muse calling out to her, and no wonder: she's Nina Simone's daughter. Three years after her mother died, Lisa did a tribute concert in New York and the response to that evening began her development as "Simone," a jazz/blues singer. This disc covers 11 of Nina Simone's songs with the original arrangements, plus a tribute song from daughter to mother, titled "Child in Me." The upbeat numbers are #2, #3, #6, the gospel-organ-fueled #8 and #11. The classic "Black is the Color" starts as a quiet piece and then picks up a catchy beat and new lyric. Mom plays the piano on the opener, one of the few times Nina and daughter were on the same stage. The young woman can sing. A legacy continues. 05/08 MJVD J-Roots(Vocal)

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