I fell in love with this song in 1999 when it was used (on a loop cut just before the breakdown) in the background for a scene from the remake of A Thomas Crown Affair. Paired with a Rene Magritte themed art heist scene, I just couldn’t get enough! I didn’t even know who Nina Simone was at the time.
20 years later, I’m finally getting ready to attempt what has become one of my all time favorite songs with my trio. I’ve been working on it for a very long time, off and on. Though the chord progression is very simple, it’s very hard to get the same effect that Nina does with her chords in both voicing and rhythm. And then sing on top. There’s just something magical about it and I’ve found it so hard to recreate. It’s an African American traditional spiritual and her version is a wonderful intersection of Gospel and Jazz. I’m listening to it non stop now and just never get tired of it…
Also, if you haven’t seen it, here’s the scene from The Thomas Crown Affair
There’s also an interesting Reggae version by the Wailers, but Nina’s version is the absolute best in my opinion!