Back to the Blues [Bonus Tracks]

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All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Prior to her 1959 hit "What a Difference a Day Makes," nearly every Dinah Washington recording no matter what the style was of interest to jazz listeners. However, after her unexpected success on the pop charts, most of Washington's sessions for Mercury and Roulette during the last four years of her life were quite commercial, with string arrangements better-suited to country singers and Washington nearly parodying herself with exaggerated gestures. Fortunately, this 1997 CD reissue brings back an exception, a blues-oriented collection that features Washington returning to her roots, backed by a jazz-oriented big band although with occasional strings and background voices; ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Scott Yanow
Prior to her 1959 hit "What a Difference a Day Makes," nearly every Dinah Washington recording no matter what the style was of interest to jazz listeners. However, after her unexpected success on the pop charts, most of Washington's sessions for Mercury and Roulette during the last four years of her life were quite commercial, with string arrangements better-suited to country singers and Washington nearly parodying herself with exaggerated gestures. Fortunately, this 1997 CD reissue brings back an exception, a blues-oriented collection that features Washington returning to her roots, backed by a jazz-oriented big band although with occasional strings and background voices; in addition to the original program, there are previously unreleased versions of "No One Man" and "Me and My Gin." Eddie Chamblee and Illinois Jacquet have some tenor solos, guitarist Billy Butler is heard from, and the trumpet soloist is probably Joe Newman. In general, this is a more successful date than Dinah Washington's earlier investigation of Bessie Smith material, since the backup band is more sympathetic and the talented singer is heard in prime form. Dinah Washington clearly had a real feeling for this bluesy material. [The 1997 reissue appended three bonus tracks from this period onto the CD: "Don't Say Nothing at All," "No One Man," and "Me and My Gin."]
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/11/1997
  • Label: Parlophone (Wea)
  • UPC: 724385433429
  • Catalog Number: 543347
  • Sales rank: 256,862

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dinah Washington Primary Artist, Vocals
Illinois Jacquet Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Chamblee Tenor Saxophone
Billy Butler Guitar
Technical Credits
Dinah Washington Composer
Perry Bradford Composer
Malcolm Addey Remixing
Don Costa Arranger, Director
Michael Cuscuna Reissue Producer
Henry Glover Producer
Leroy Kirkland Composer
Bob Porter Liner Notes
Pearl Woods Composer
Al Jacobs Composer
John Henry Composer
Juanita Hill Composer
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