by Dinah Washington



With her clipped phrasing, high-pitched voice, and unhurried pacing, Dinah Washington could have easily been one of the definitive jazz singers of her generation, and one could certainly make the case that she was anyway, but she baffled a lot of critics by straying often from the jazz book of standards, as if commercial pop success was somehow a betrayal. This brief set of tracks drawn from her stay at Verve Records paints a portrait that's closer to the one the critics seemed to want, a gifted singer showing her jazz chops. Among the highlights of this lightly orchestrated sequence of jazz standards are Washington's fine versions of "Am I Blue?" (Washington was always at her best when she sang about lost or damaged love -- she had seven marriages, after all), "Cry Me a River," and "September in the Rain," although all eight of these tracks have a similar feel and texture to them. It was Washington's clear, clipped, and deliberate singing that defined her, and it is on display everywhere here, making this an affordable quick introduction to this often underappreciated artist.

Product Details

Release Date: 07/13/2010
Label: Verve
UPC: 0602527429328
catalogNumber: 001448202

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dinah Washington   Primary Artist
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Belford Hendricks   Conductor
Nat Goodman   Conductor

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Quincy Jones   Arranger
Hal Mooney   Arranger
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Gene DePaul   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Dubin   Composer
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Arthur Hamilton   Composer
Belford Hendricks   Arranger
Buddy Kaye   Composer
Ballard MacDonald   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Clyde Otis   Producer
William Reid   Composer
Bob Shad   Producer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Harry Warren   Composer
Harry Akst   Composer
Grant Clarke   Composer

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