Dinah Washington – Dinah!

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One of many fine EmArcy titles Dinah Washington recorded in the ’50s, Dinah! includes a very enjoyable mix of medium-tempo and after-hours vocal numbers. On a handful of cuts, Washington gets into the kind of smoldering and declamatory blues mode she excelled at, especially on “All of Me” and “There’ll Be Some Changes Made.” Showing her versatility, Washington also shines on relatively tame pop numbers, like the album’s waltz-tempo version of “Look to the Rainbow” and an easy strolling “Accent on Youth.” Even here, her vocal power comes through, albeit with the blues phrasing mostly kept under wraps. On “A Cottage for Sale,” Washington seems to harness all her vocal talents, creating a dazzling mix of jazz phrases, dramatic tonal shifts, and bluesy exclamations, all enveloped in a weary and melancholic tone befitting a breakup song. Besides this gem, other standout selections include “More Than You Know” and “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes.” Hal Mooney provides solid, if not terribly provocative big-band and strings arrangements, with fine solos and obbligato passages coming from former Benny Goodman tenorman George Auld and West Coast jazz luminaries like trombonist Frankie Rosolino and alto saxophonist Herb Geller. Washington’s rhythm section at the time, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Keeter Betts, and drummer Jimmy Cobb, provide stellar rhythmic accompaniment throughout. A top Dinah Washington date, and a fine place to start for newcomers to the singer’s catalog. (allmusic)

Personnel: Etta James (vocals); George Morrow (bass); Keter Betts (bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums); Max Roach (drums); Barry Galbratih (guitar); Junior Mance (piano); Richie Powell (piano); Wynton Kelly (piano); Herb Geller (saxophone alto); Cecil Payne (saxophone baritone); Harold Land (saxophone tenor); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Clark Terry (trumpet); Clifford Brown (trumpet); Maynard Ferguson (trumpet).

Tracklist

01. Look to the Rainbow
02. Ill Wind
03. A Cottage for Sale
04. All of Me
05. More Than You Know
06. There’ll Be Some Changes Made
07. Goodbye
08. Willow Weep For Me
09. Make Me a Present of You
10. Smoke Gets in Your Eyes
11. I Could Have Told You
12. Accent on Youth
13. What Is This Thing Called Love
14. The Show Must Go On
15. Birth of the Blues

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One Response to “Dinah Washington – Dinah!”

  1. francesco says:

    great posts and high quality… thank you SO much!

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