Nina Simone: Nina at the Village Gate (1961)

Nina at the Village Gate

Track list:

01. Just in Time
02. He Was Too Good to Me
03. House of the Rising Sun
04. Bye Bye Blackbird
05. Brown Baby
06. Zungo
07. If He Had Changed My Name
08. Children Go Where I Send You


Nina Simone – piano, vocals
Al Schackman – guitar
Chris White – bass
Rob Hamilton – drums

Recorded: live at the Village Gate, New York City; April, 1961
Released: April, 1962
Label: Colpix
CP/SCP 421

Producer: Cal Lampley

Liner Notes:

In this, Nina Simone’s fifth album on Colpix, there is a natural and inevitable chemistry working… the elements are Nina herself and a lower Manhattan cafe called The Village Gate.

Nina calls it her “home club”, and certainly, as this album testifies, she wears it as comfortably as old clothing.

Along with the expert and familiar trio composed of guitarist Al Schackman, drummer Bobby Hamilton, and bassist Chris White, Nina fashions an amazingly versatile, always exciting performance.

She ranges with ease from Broadway (“Just In Time” from “Bells Are Ringing”) to folk music (the famous and haunting “House of the Rising Sun”) to a standard (“Bye Bye Blackbird”) which receives as unique and definitive a treatment as this old 1920’s song has ever had.

All in all, Nina at the Village Gate is a fresh new triumph for the girl who has been aptly tabbed “One of the great singing talents of our time…”