Queen of the Blues [ASV/Living Era]

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All Music Guide - John Bush
More befitting the "Queen" than the "Blues" in the title, this Living Era compilation includes many of the jazz standards Dinah Washington recorded during the postwar years, the material that -- more than her jukebox R&B hits -- catapulted her into the firmament of vocal stars along with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. It sets the story well, beginning with a few of her early blues hits, "Evil Gal Blues" and "Salty Papa Blues" (both recorded with Lionel Hampton). Soon after, however, it shows how Washington began recording older show tunes such as "Stairway to the Stars," "Embraceable You," "I Can't Get Started with You," and one of her career highlights, "Mad About ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - John Bush
More befitting the "Queen" than the "Blues" in the title, this Living Era compilation includes many of the jazz standards Dinah Washington recorded during the postwar years, the material that -- more than her jukebox R&B hits -- catapulted her into the firmament of vocal stars along with Ella Fitzgerald and Billie Holiday. It sets the story well, beginning with a few of her early blues hits, "Evil Gal Blues" and "Salty Papa Blues" (both recorded with Lionel Hampton). Soon after, however, it shows how Washington began recording older show tunes such as "Stairway to the Stars," "Embraceable You," "I Can't Get Started with You," and one of her career highlights, "Mad About the Boy." (Also appearing are a pair of her early crossovers into vocal pop, "Wheel of Fortune" and "Cold, Cold Heart.") Compared to other compilations that cover the same period, this one leaves out a few of her excellent R&B sides -- "A Slick Chick (On the Mellow Side)," "Wise Woman Blues" -- but nothing crucial is missing from this story of one of the most magnificent vocalists in jazz history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/27/2004
  • Label: Asv Living Era
  • UPC: 743625553420
  • Catalog Number: 5534

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Evil Gal Blues - Lionel Hampton & His Septet (2:52)
  2. 2 Salty Papa Blues - Lionel Hampton & His Septet (3:01)
  3. 3 Blow Top Blues - Lionel Hampton & His Septet (3:20)
  4. 4 Embraceable You - Gus Chappell & His Orchestra (2:56)
  5. 5 I Can't Get Started - Gus Chappell & His Orchestra (2:45)
  6. 6 Stairway to the Stars - Chubby Jackson & His Orchestra (3:02)
  7. 7 West Side Baby - Rudy Martin Trio (2:59)
  8. 8 You Can Depend on Me - Rudy Martin Trio (2:44)
  9. 9 Ain't Misbehavin' - Rudy Martin Trio (2:51)
  10. 10 Am I Asking Too Much? - Dave Young Orchestra (2:49)
  11. 11 Long John Blues - Dave Young Orchestra (3:11)
  12. 12 It's Too Soon to Know - Mitch Miller (2:42)
  13. 13 Good Daddy Blues - Teddy Stewart (2:26)
  14. 14 Baby, Get Lost - Teddy Stewart (2:52)
  15. 15 I Only Know - Teddy Stewart (2:29)
  16. 16 It Isn't Fair - Teddy Stewart (3:02)
  17. 17 If I Loved You - Teddy Stewart Orchestra (2:29)
  18. 18 Big Deal - Teddy Stewart (2:44)
  19. 19 I'll Never Be Free - Teddy Stewart (2:45)
  20. 20 I Wanna Be Loved - Teddy Stewart (2:51)
  21. 21 Time Out for Tears - Jimmy Carroll & His Orchestra (3:21)
  22. 22 Just One More Chance (2:52)
  23. 23 Cold, Cold Heart - Walter Rodell and His Orchestra (3:22)
  24. 24 Baby Did You Hear Me? (3:05)
  25. 25 The Wheel of Fortune - Jimmy Cobb & His Orchestra (2:17)
  26. 26 Mad About the Boy - Walter Rodell and His Orchestra (2:50)
  27. 27 Stormy Weather - Jimmy Cobb & His Orchestra (3:01)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dinah Washington Primary Artist
George Jones Drums
Billy Bauer Guitar
Milt Buckner Piano
Arnett Cobb Tenor Saxophone
Wardell Gray Tenor Saxophone
Freddie Green Guitar
Lionel Hampton Vibes
Wynton Kelly Piano
Cecil Payne Baritone Saxophone
Tony Aless Piano
Willie Cook Trumpet
Herbie Fields Alto Saxophone
Bob Hardaway Tenor Saxophone
Chubby Jackson Bass
John Mehegan Piano
Jimmy Cobb Drums
Keter Betts Bass
Ray Brown Bass
Rupert Cole Alto Saxophone
Wendell Culley Trumpet
Ernie Wilkins Alto Saxophone
Goon Gardner Alto Saxophone
George Hudson Trumpet
Gus Johnson Drums
Joe Koch Baritone Saxophone
Billy Mackel Guitar
Joe Morris Trumpet
Benny Powell Trombone
Paul Quinichette Tenor Saxophone
Clyde Reasinger Trumpet
Tom Reeves Trumpet
Rudy Rutherford Clarinet
Bill Settles Bass
Teddy Stewart Drums
Pee Wee Jackson Trumpet
Rudy Martin Piano
Chuck Norris Guitar
Hurley Ramey Guitar
Gus Chappell Trombone
Fred Radcliffe Drums
Vernon King Bass
Oliver Coleman Drums
Art Pearlman Trombone
Dave Young Orchestra Tenor Saxophone
Dick Stanton Drums
Joe O'Rear Bass
Charlie Harris Bass
Geronimo Walker Drums
Hen Gates Foreman Piano
Bob Robinson Tenor Saxophone
Ed Freeman Alto Saxophone
Roger White Trombone
Technical Credits
George Gershwin Composer
Leonard Feather Composer
Lionel Hampton Composer
Earl Hines Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Dinah Washington Composer
Buddy Johnson Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Noël Coward Composer
Richard Rodgers Composer
Vernon Duke Composer
Andy Razaf Composer
Dallas Bartley Composer
Bennie Benjamin Composer
Johnny Cameron Composer
Ira Gershwin Composer
Johnny Green Composer
Oscar Hammerstein II Composer
Edward Heyman Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Frank Signorelli Composer
Teddy Stewart Composer
George David Weiss Composer
Hank Williams Composer
Charles Carpenter Composer
Matty Malneck Composer
Richard Himber Composer
Harry Brooks Composer
Peter Dempsey Liner Notes
Arthur Johnston Composer
Mark Ranshaw Cover Art
Sam Coslow Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Helen Miller Composer
Abe Schiff Composer
Anna Spencer Composer
Sylvester Sprigato Composer
Irving Berman Composer
Deborah Chessler Composer
Louis Dunlap Composer
Frank Warshauer Composer
Billy Rose Composer
Doug Shearer Remastering
Robert Lee Composer
Fay Whitman Composer
Katie Scton Composer
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