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5.0 out of 5 stars 4 great albums from Dinah Washington..., 25 Feb. 2010
This review is from: The Essential Dinah Washington [Double CD] (Audio CD)
This new 2 CD compilation from Not Now comprises 4 of Dinah Washington's best albums dating from 1956 to 1959. The albums are The Swingin' Miss "D" which was recorded June 25-6 1956 with Quincy Jones as arranger/conductor for EmArcy Records. This album brought together 2 great talents and the resulting album is a really fast moving collection of 11 songs with the highlight for me being "Perdido" with "Caravan" close by. Next comes, the up tempo Dinah Washington Sings Fats Waller (1957 for EmArcy) with arrangements / conducted by Ernie Wilkins then Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith (1958 for EmArcy) with Ernie Wilkins orchestra (arrangements by Robare Edmonson & Ernie Wilkins)a wonderful bluesy album and finishing off with the chart topping What a Diff'rence a Day Makes! which was recorded 19 February 1959-Aug 1959 with Belford Hendricks as arranger/ conductor for Mercury Records. This album was recorded with a small group of musicians Charles Davis - baritone saxophone; Jerome Richardson - flute; Kenny Burrell - guitar; David "Panama" Francis - drums; Milt Hinton - double bass & Joe Zawinul - piano. It was this album that won Dinah the Grammy Award for Best Rhythm & Blues Recording at the Grammy Awards of 1960. It also gave her the hit single "What a Difference a Day Makes". This album comprises ballads and features a vocal chorus and marks a departure from her full on jazz style to a more commercially based production that brought her millions of new fans. The sound is excellent throughout the set and the packaging look classy nicely illustrated and is backed up with informative liner notes by Michael Heatley. The total running time across the 2 CDs is approx 131 minutes.
The bonus of this Not Now 2 CD set is the inclusion of the much rarer and now sought after Songbook albums along with the better known main stream albums on disc 1. As a compilation it is a welcome change and one that will be of great interest to the collector and occasional buyer and will be a "must have" release. Great value.
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Initial post: 31 Jan 2012 17:55:05 GMT
Last edited by the author on 31 Jan 2012 17:55:12 GMT
SgtPluck says:
Cannot believe that 'Mad About the Boy' isn't included.

In reply to an earlier post on 17 Mar 2013 17:52:33 GMT
FAS Zimmer says:
Well, maybe that's because it wasn't on any of the 4 albums included on this collection! Duh!! I suggest you go find a tv adverts compilation.

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Mar 2013 06:52:48 GMT
Last edited by the author on 18 Mar 2013 06:53:38 GMT
SgtPluck says:
Washington's version of Mad About the Boy is perhaps the most famous recording of it. While I appreciate - now - that this album covers the period 1956-59, and Mad was recorded by Washington in 1952, I still find it misleading that an album entitled 'The Essential' misses off the most famous track she ever recorded. It's like having an Essential Percy Sledge without When a man Loves a Woman, or an Essential Otis Redding without Sittin' on The Dock of the Bay.

This album should have been renamed - the 'Essential (but only for one 4 year period.)'

Duh!

In reply to an earlier post on 12 May 2013 10:37:31 BDT
Splendid response, sir. Knee-jerk internet hostility is so wearisome.
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