Nina Simone I don't dabble in Jazz too much but Nina is an artist who interests me and has one of the most unique voices I've ever heard. I know I have a long way to go getting to know her as an artist but I think she deserves a thread. The first song I ever heard from her was an awesome mix of her song Sinnerman used for The Thomas Crown Affair. I've still never sen the movie but this version of the song got me interested in Nina! It's such a chaotic song and Nina is such a raw visceral presence. Sinnerman (T.C.A. Remix) Here are the original versions for purist: Sinnerman (original full length) So after some time I finally found a good deal on both these c.d.s as a two pack: Nina Simone Sings The Blues & Silk and Soul Lately a lot of the material has been surfacing on my IPods random shuffle and brought it fresher into my mind! Here are the tracks that stand out to me: House Of The Rising Sun (really like the jazzed up energy of her version) Also like the live version of the above with another good song off of Silk and Soul, Go To Hell! House of the Rising Sun & Go To Hell (Live @ The Bitter End Cafe 1968) In The Dark Do I Move You My Man's Gone Now (love her emotion in this one, she really puts her all in every note) Out of the two it's obvious I like Nina Sings The Blues a lot better! I really like the stuff where she avoids sounding too much like traditional soul. Nina sounds best with her rough edges and I don't like when she goes for a smoother vocal. Anyway, that's my intro and I hope it gives people a reason to continue posting her works. She's worthy of this and it'll help me expand my knowledge of this great legend!