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All Music Guide - John Bush
One of the more notorious albums in the history of vocal music, What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! is the lush session that bumped up Dinah Washington from the "Queen of the Blues" to a middle-of-the-road vocal wondress -- and subsequently disenfranchised quite a few jazz purists. Washington had been praised in the same breath as Holiday and Fitzgerald for more than a decade, but Mercury nevertheless decided to back her with mainstream arrangements by Belford Hendricks, heavy strings, and wordless vocal choruses similar to the radio hits of the day. Apparently, the mainstream backings didn't faze Washington at all; she proves herself with a voice as individual and evocative as ...
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All Music Guide - John Bush
One of the more notorious albums in the history of vocal music, What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! is the lush session that bumped up Dinah Washington from the "Queen of the Blues" to a middle-of-the-road vocal wondress -- and subsequently disenfranchised quite a few jazz purists. Washington had been praised in the same breath as Holiday and Fitzgerald for more than a decade, but Mercury nevertheless decided to back her with mainstream arrangements by Belford Hendricks, heavy strings, and wordless vocal choruses similar to the radio hits of the day. Apparently, the mainstream backings didn't faze Washington at all; she proves herself with a voice as individual and evocative as ever. To be honest, the arrangements are quite solid for what they're worth; though it's a bit jarring to hear Washington's voice wrapped in sweet strings, the effect works well more frequently than not. Most of the songs here are familiar standards "I Remember You," "I Thought About You," "Cry Me a River," "Manhattan," "Time After Time", but they've been transformed by Washington as though they'd never been sung before. The Top Ten title track is by no means the best song on the album, but its title proved prophetic for Washington's career. Though her vocal style hadn't changed at all, one day she was a respected blues singer; the next, according to most of the jazz cognoscenti, she had become a lowbrow pop singer. Thankfully, the evidence against Washington's "transformation" is provided right here.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/7/2000
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731454330022
  • Catalog Number: 543300
  • Sales rank: 20,251

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Dinah Washington Primary Artist, Vocals
Jerome Richardson Flute
Charles Davis Baritone Saxophone
Joe Zawinul Piano
Kenny Burrell Guitar
Panama Francis Drums
Belford Hendricks Conductor
Milt Hinton Bass
Technical Credits
Louis Prima Composer
Brook Benton Composer
Dinah Washington Composer
Belford Hendricks Arranger, Composer
Clyde Otis Composer
Hollis King Art Direction
Tom Greenwood Research Coordination
Anita Leonard Composer
Stan Rhodes Composer
Barbara Belle Composer
Carlos Kase Research Coordination
Juanita Hill Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dinah's Best CD

    It's in stereo. Dinahs voice is at its best and the remastering is excellent. The songs are incredible. This is a great CD if you want to get into Dinah Washington. Play the samples.

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