Watch: Lianne La Havas Tributes Nina Simone With “Baltimore” for ‘Autour de Nina’
In the behind-the-scenes clip above, Lianne explain why she chose the song as her contribution:
“I heard her version, which was the reggae version and I had never heard her do and reggae before. And it just had this groove, it was so poetic. It was super classy. And I just believed her, I believed every lyric.”
Written by Randy Newman for his 1977 LP Little Criminals, “Baltimore” was covered by Nina for her 1978 album of the same name.
Arranged by Clément Ducol, the 10-track Autour de Nina also features painfully beautiful renditions of “Feeling Good” by French soul singer-songwriter Ben L’Oncle Soul, “Black Is The Color (Of My True Love’s Hair)” by American jazz vocalist Gregory Porter, and “Plain Gold Ring” by South Korean jazz singer Youn Sun Nah.
Following the album’s France release on November 10, 2014 via Universal Music France/Verve, a concert coincided with the reopening of Paris’ Studio 104.
Listen to the event at franceinter.fr. For more information on Autour de Nina go to autourdenina.com.
Also take a listen to Lianne’s “Baltimore” cover in full below.