Gem of gems. The real Nina. This recording of this song has ALWAYS been my fav Nina, far and away, and now we see it on film. This recording makes her other recordings of "Savannah" seem almost perfunctory, as if Nina was losing touch with its sublimely ironic mix of affection and despair.
I feel I can see how Ms Simone must have felt while composing "Savannah", which I suspect tool a long time, she put so much into it. Unlike her other recordings of it, this super-slow one is relaxed and warm and loving despite the despair of its lyric, cinematic in its sharp observations and deep story of a profound faith profoundly questioned. Throughout you can see sparking from her eyes hints of the naked anger that would surface and (as I understand) consume this great artist.
Then at the end comes her majestic, accepting, almost operatic long final note. To me, nothing shows her talent like this video, with the musicians accompanying her showing that they too know they are part of something rare and special. Watch the bassist! Thanks so much!