by Dinah Washington

Item is available through our marketplace sellers.



Dinah Washington's digital discography is riddled with compilations that brandish the word "Gold," as in "Golden Classics," "Golden Hits," "Golden Songs," "Golden Greats," "Golden Stars," and "Goldies." All that glitter, however, does not necessarily describe or guarantee well-produced collections. Happily, Verve's 2007 double-disc Washington anthology deserves its title, which simply consists of the word "Gold." Opening with her debut session (for Harry Lim's Keynote label on December 19, 1943) and following her progress across most of her 20-year recording career, this excellent chronological survey documents her triumphs as a rhythm & blues, jazz, and pop vocalist. The real jazz selections, in particular the nearly ten-minute take on "Lover Come Back to Me," demonstrate this gorgeous and powerful woman's "Don't Tread on Me" approach to music, love and life. Her formidable, somewhat volcanic interpretations of Bessie Smith's "Back Water Blues" and the torch song "All of Me" come from the 1958 Newport Jazz Festival. This historic episode can and should be enjoyed as a scene in the motion picture Jazz on a Summer's Day. Backed by the Terry Gibbs Sextet, Washington grabs a pair of percussion mallets and smilingly intrudes upon Gibbs' vibraphone solo during "All of Me," bumping him aside with a sway of her hips and demonstrating more than passing familiarity with the instrument (not altogether surprising since she originally appeared on the scene as vibe king Lionel Hampton's precocious upstart vocalist). The startling segue from the explosive climax of "All of Me" into the string-laden, chorally sweetened masterwork "What a Difference a Day Made" provides a healthy contrast that might tweak those who disparage such sugary production techniques. The lesson, of course, is that Washington sounded great under any circumstances. Furthermore, she consciously made the decision to record with strings as did Billie Holiday, Charlie Parker, Ben Webster, and Coleman Hawkins. Each of these artists used the chamber or orchestral format to achieve a number of personal goals that included dignity, delicacy, and of course, economic stability. Complaining about Washington's string section is as pointless as poking fun at her wigs, gowns or tiaras. One doesn't focus on Earl Hines' toupee -- one listens to the music he plays. Put aside all preconceptions and surrender your heart. Verve's Gold portrait of Washington is a superb tribute to a sublime artist beside whom a lot of other singers sound immature, insecure, insincere, or anemic.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/09/2007
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602517402164
catalogNumber: 000945302

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dinah Washington   Primary Artist
Brook Benton   Vocals

Technical Credits

Bessie Smith   Composer
George Gershwin   Composer
Sigmund Romberg   Composer
Irving Berlin   Composer
Brook Benton   Composer,Duet
Leonard Feather   Composer,Producer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer
Fats Waller   Composer
Dinah Washington   Composer
Joe Wilder   Composer
Abe Lyman   Composer
Noël Coward   Composer
Hal Mooney   Producer
María Mendez Grever   Composer
Stanley Adams   Composer
Bennie Benjamin   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Luchi de Jesus   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Walter Donaldson   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Belford Hendricks   Arranger
Edward Heyman   Composer
R.J. Jones   Composer
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Clyde Otis   Composer,Producer
Don Raye   Composer
Billy Reid   Composer
Bob Russell   Composer
Bob Shad   Producer
Carl Sigman   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
George David Weiss   Composer
Fred Wise   Composer
Chuck Stewart   Cover Photo
Bill Dahl   Liner Notes
Richard Himber   Composer
Murray Stein   Composer
Donald Robertson   Composer
William Sanford   Composer
Ted Shapiro   Composer
Irving Gordon   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Seymour Simons   Composer
Gerald Marks   Composer
Reginald Connelly   Composer
Grant Clarke   Composer
Helen Miller   Composer
Jack Rollins   Composer
Sylvester Sprigato   Composer
Deborah Chessler   Composer
Jane Feather   Composer
Frisch   Composer
Frank Warshauer   Composer
Ryan Null   Photo Coordination
Leo Hickman   Composer
Fay Whitman   Composer

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See All Customer Reviews