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My Baby Just Cares for Me
Original discography

Charly CD CHARLY 6 (1986 UK)

Same tracks as LP Little Girl Blue plus a bonus track (the last track below).
Also published as Green Line CDGLL 109 (IT 1987).

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Tracks sorted by number (sort by session or by title)
 1 [3:40] My Baby Just Cares for Me   Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn

 2 [3:12] Don't Smoke in Bed   Willard Robison

 3 [4:04] Mood Indigo   Duke Ellington, Irving Mills, Barney Bigard

 4 [2:30] He Needs Me   Arthur Hamilton

 5 [3:23] Love Me or Leave Me   Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn

 6 [4:11] I Loves You Porgy   George Gershwin, Ira Gershwin, DuBose Heyward

 7 [5:28] Good Bait   Count Basie, Tadd Dameron

 8 [3:07] Central Park Blues   Nina Simone

 9 [3:47] You'll Never Walk Alone   Oscar Hammerstein II, Richard Rodgers

 10 [3:54] Plain Gold Ring   Earl S. Burroughs

 11 [4:19] Little Girl Blue   Lorenz Hart, Richard Rodgers

 12 [5:17] My Baby Just Cares for Me   Walter Donaldson, Gus Kahn extended take

Liner Notes by Mark Webster, Blues and Soul Magazine
The versatility and sheer artistry of Nina Simone has been delighting and surprising audiences for over thirty years. She is the singer, pianist and composer most likely to pursue and explore unique, unusual tangents at whim but such is the sheer quality and charisma of her as a performer that far from being alienated, her audience worldwide lap it up in ever-increasing number.
Nina Simone, sometimes solemn, often serious and frequently delightfully witty and poignant, is almost the consumate black artist who utilises her classically trained piano technique, the vibrant tenor of her voice and an uncanny fee for her culture to explore not only jazz but also the blues, gospel, Caribbean and even the African roots that all mean so much more than simply music to her.
She embodies a spirit of black America that is both aware of its past and assertive about its future and her presence shines like a beacon across the world.
Nina Simone was born on February 21, 1933 in Tyron [sic], North Carolina, the sixth of eight children-- four boys, four girls. Her mother worked as a housekeeper while her father was a handyman and an ordained Methodist minister. During only the first few years of her life Nina began to show a real proficiency for the piano and by the age of seven was playing organ and singing with her sisters at her father's church.
Because of the poor financial status of Nina's family, she found it difficult to further herself as a musician but with the help of a fund set up by a local musical teacher who recognised Nina's unique talent, Mrs. Laurence Mazzanovich, she was trained in classical piano and earned extra money playing in churches and clubs.
The money then helped her to obtain a high school education in Asheville, North Carolina, where she was valedictorian of her graduating class, and a further eighteen months musical training at the Juilliard School of Music in New York.
Equipped with this invaluable experience and a love of such jazz luminaries as Dinah Washington, Sarah Vaughan, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holiday and Louis Jordan, Nina moved on to Philadelphia where she subsidised further studies at the Curtis Institute of Music accompanying vocal students and giving piano lessons. Already by this time she was developing her own unique jazz style that drew heavily on her natural feel for the blues and the model qualities of classical music and it was now that she decided, at the age of nineteen, to commence a professional performing career.
It began at the Mid Town club in Atlantic City where for the first time in many years Nina found herself, quite literally, singing for her supper--accompanying her solo playing on a selection of folk songs, ballads and spirituals.
From that time on it didn't take long for word to spread about this remarkable talent and in the late fifties, while barely out of her teens, she cut these, her first recorded sides for bethlehem.
Amazingly, these early performances still say as much about Nina as an eclectic artist of great style and range as any of her subsequent work ever has.
Her ability as a blues-laden balladeer is beyond question as she rings emotions from the moving He Needs Me, the plaintive "Plain Gold Ring" and her epochal version of the standard "I Loves You Porgy"--the track that really helped to establish Nina Simone as a genuine talent.
Her straight jazz leanings are also fully catered for with her versions of big band standards "Mood Indigo" and "Good Bait" as well as the quirky, swinging little refrains "My Baby Just cares For Me" and "Love Me or Leave Me"--tracks that to this day are in big demand in the black music night clubs.
There is a glittering sharpness, a clean, wistful quality to her singing and playing that demands it be heard at an optimum level of reproduction and it is therefore fitting that these recordings are the ones chosen by Charly Records to introduce their extensive catalogue to the high quality, high technology of compact disc.
Nina Simone recorded these songs three decades ago but, I can assure you, they have never sounded better or more relevant as they do presented here.