Album artwork for Little Girl Blue by Nina Simone

Little Girl Blue, released in 1957, was Nina Simone's first recording, originally issued on the Bethlehem label. Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert "Tootie" Heath, it showcases her ballad voice as one of mystery and sensuality and showcases her up-tempo jazz style with authority and an enigmatic down-home feel that is nonetheless elegant. The album also introduced a fine jazz pianist. Simone was a solid improviser who never strayed far from the blues. Check the opener, her reading of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," which finger-pops and swings while keeping the phrasing deep-blue. It is contrasted immediately with one of the -- if not the -- definitive reads of Willard Robison's steamy leave-your-lover ballad "Don't Smoke in Bed." The title track, written by Rodgers & Hart, features "Good King Wenceslas" as a classical prelude to one of the most beautiful pop ballads ever written. It is followed immediately by the funky swing in "Love Me or Leave Me" with a smoking little piano solo in the bridge where Bachmeets Horace Silver and Bobby Timmons.

Nina Simone

Little Girl Blue

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Album artwork for Little Girl Blue by Nina Simone
LP +

£14.99£12.99

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Green
Released 06/05/2022Catalogue Number

DOL712HB

Album artwork for Little Girl Blue by Nina Simone
LP

£14.99£12.99

sale

180 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Sleeve.

Released 08/12/2017Catalogue Number

DOL712HG

Nina Simone

Little Girl Blue

Doxy
Album artwork for Little Girl Blue by Nina Simone
LP +

£14.99£12.99

sale
Green
Released 06/05/2022Catalogue Number

DOL712HB

Album artwork for Little Girl Blue by Nina Simone
LP

£14.99£12.99

sale

180 Gram Vinyl in Gatefold Sleeve.

Released 08/12/2017Catalogue Number

DOL712HG

Little Girl Blue, released in 1957, was Nina Simone's first recording, originally issued on the Bethlehem label. Backed by bassist Jimmy Bond and Albert "Tootie" Heath, it showcases her ballad voice as one of mystery and sensuality and showcases her up-tempo jazz style with authority and an enigmatic down-home feel that is nonetheless elegant. The album also introduced a fine jazz pianist. Simone was a solid improviser who never strayed far from the blues. Check the opener, her reading of Duke Ellington's "Mood Indigo," which finger-pops and swings while keeping the phrasing deep-blue. It is contrasted immediately with one of the -- if not the -- definitive reads of Willard Robison's steamy leave-your-lover ballad "Don't Smoke in Bed." The title track, written by Rodgers & Hart, features "Good King Wenceslas" as a classical prelude to one of the most beautiful pop ballads ever written. It is followed immediately by the funky swing in "Love Me or Leave Me" with a smoking little piano solo in the bridge where Bachmeets Horace Silver and Bobby Timmons.