I Wanna Be Loved

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All Music Guide - John Bush
A torch song date recorded between Dinah Washington's commercial breakthrough in 1959 and her death in 1963, I Wanna Be Loved flaunts a large cast of talented collaborators -- plus, to be sure, Washington's regal readings of 12 great songs -- but, unfortunately, the musical side is overwhelmed by the heavy strings in attendance. Working with Quincy Jones, Washington found her studio cast to include Joe Newman and Clark Terry on trumpet, Jimmy Cleveland and Kai Winding on trombone, and Al Cohn on tenor. However, the arrangements from Ernie Wilkins and Quincy Jones rarely leave room for the musicians -- and, in fact, rarely feature them at all -- preferring instead to ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
A torch song date recorded between Dinah Washington's commercial breakthrough in 1959 and her death in 1963, I Wanna Be Loved flaunts a large cast of talented collaborators -- plus, to be sure, Washington's regal readings of 12 great songs -- but, unfortunately, the musical side is overwhelmed by the heavy strings in attendance. Working with Quincy Jones, Washington found her studio cast to include Joe Newman and Clark Terry on trumpet, Jimmy Cleveland and Kai Winding on trombone, and Al Cohn on tenor. However, the arrangements from Ernie Wilkins and Quincy Jones rarely leave room for the musicians -- and, in fact, rarely feature them at all -- preferring instead to concentrate on strings and the occasional wordless vocal chorus. As usually happened in these circumstances, Washington appears unfazed by the treacle surrounding her; although she doesn't improvise, her performances of "Blue Gardenia," "Don't Explain," and the title track originally an R&B hit for her 12 years earlier are elegant and bewitching. The larger big band makes its presence felt on the two side-closers, both of them "Let's Fall in Love," "Sometimes I'm Happy" more uptempo material. Although Washington's latter-day Mercury material is often derided, she always succeeded despite her surroundings, and this date is no different.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/26/2005
  • Label: Verve
  • UPC: 602498818701
  • Catalog Number: 000467902
  • Sales rank: 372,417

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dinah Washington Primary Artist, Vocals
George Barnes Guitar
Jimmy Cleveland Trombone
Quincy Jones Conductor
Jack Wilson Piano
Patti Bown Piano
Ernie Royal Trumpet
Gary Chester Drums
Al Cohn Tenor Saxophone
Billy Byers Trombone
Clark Terry Trumpet
Kai Winding Trombone
Joe Newman Quartet Trumpet
Technical Credits
Lionel Hampton Composer
Mel Tormé Composer
Vincent Youmans Composer
Hal Mooney Arranger
Bronislaw Kaper Composer
Billy Byers Arranger
Irving Caesar Composer
Ernie Wilkins Arranger
Johnny Green Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Paul Francis Webster Composer
Bob Irwin Mastering
Hollis King Art Direction
Ira Howard Liner Notes
Clifford Grey Composer
Ace Adams Composer
Bryan Koniarz Reissue Producer
Ken Druker Executive Producer
Jayme Pieruzzi Mastering
Billy Rose Composer
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