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Essential Dinah Washington: The Great Songs
     

The Essential Dinah Washington: The Great Songs

by Dinah Washington
 

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Dinah Washington recorded a stunning amount of material in her too-short career (when she died in Detroit in 1963 she was only 39 years old), most of it during her lengthy association with Mercury Records between 1948 and 1955, the era covered by this single-disc retrospective. Washington seemingly tackled everything under the sun in the recording studio, cutting jazz

Overview

Dinah Washington recorded a stunning amount of material in her too-short career (when she died in Detroit in 1963 she was only 39 years old), most of it during her lengthy association with Mercury Records between 1948 and 1955, the era covered by this single-disc retrospective. Washington seemingly tackled everything under the sun in the recording studio, cutting jazz, R&B, blues, and pop sides with an assortment of small groups, trios, sextets, and increasingly, toward the end of her life, with large orchestras, and if she seemed to be gradually fading into blander and sleeker arrangements as time went on, her voice always remained focused and coiled, and her bluesy phrasing has influenced far more singers than most folks realize. This hourlong set includes a range of styles, from the elegant blues of "Backwater Blues" to the sleek, orchestrated "What a Diff'rence a Day Made" and the poppy R&B of "Baby (You've Got What It Takes)," one of her popular duets with Brook Benton. Also worth noting are versions of two Cole Porter songs, the relatively straight-ahead reading of "I Get a Kick Out of You" contrasted with an experimental jungle beatnik rendition of "I've Got You Under My Skin" that will have you either shaking your head or nodding in delight. Washington's Mercury years were arguably her best, and this set makes a good introduction to them. More serious listeners may want to investigate the seven-volume (each volume containing three discs) Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury

Product Details

Release Date:
11/03/1992
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731451290527
catalogNumber:
512905

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dinah Washington   Primary Artist,Vocals
Brook Benton   Vocals
Clifford Brown   Trumpet
Jimmy Cleveland   Trombone
Richard Davis   Bass
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Terry Gibbs   Trombone,Vibes
Freddie Green   Guitar
Urbie Green   Trombone
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Harold Land   Tenor Saxophone
Melba Liston   Trombone
Blue Mitchell   Trumpet
Harold Ousley   Tenor Saxophone
Cecil Payne   Baritone Saxophone
Julian Priester   Trombone
Jerome Richardson   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Max Roach   Drums
Jack Wilson   Piano
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Eddie Chamblee   Tenor Saxophone
Rod Levitt   Trombone
Ernie Royal   Trumpet
Charles Davis   Baritone Saxophone
Jackie Davis   Organ
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Ray Copeland   Trumpet
Keter Betts   Bass
Ray Brown   Bass
Candido Camero   Bongos
Clark Terry   Trumpet
Don Elliott   Mellophonium,Vibes
Ernie Wilkins   Conductor,Alto Saxophone
Panama Francis   Drums
Benny Golson   Tenor Saxophone
Belford Hendricks   Conductor
Milt Hinton   Bass
Reunald Jones   Trumpet
Junior Mance   Piano
George Morrow   Bass
Charlie Persip   Drums
Benny Powell   Trombone
Paul Quinichette   Tenor Saxophone
Sonny Russo   Trombone
Doc Severinsen   Trumpet
Sahib Shihab   Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Teddy Stewart   Drums
Frank Wess   Tenor Saxophone
Richie Powell   Piano,Trombone
Paul E. West   Bass

Technical Credits

Bessie Smith   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer
Eddie Chamblee   Orchestration
Bill Medley   Composer
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Leon Berry   Composer
Ernie Wilkins   Arranger,Orchestration
Belford Hendricks   Arranger
Michael Lang   Compilation Supervisor
Huddie Ledbetter   Composer
Mooney   Arranger
Clyde Otis   Composer
Cliff Preiss   Contributor,Compilation Production Assistant
Laura Levine   Artwork
Murray Stein   Composer
Gary N. Mayo   Contributor
Benjamin V. Franklin   Liner Notes
Alli Truch   Art Direction
Jack Rollins   Composer
Jules Stein   Composer
Matt Brown   Contributor,Compilation Production Assistant

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