by Dinah Washington Dinah Washington


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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.

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Product Details

Release Date: 12/03/1991
Label: Polygram Records
UPC: 0042284213929
catalogNumber: 842139
Rank: 144253


  1. Look to the Rainbow
  2. Ill Wind
  3. A Cottage for Sale
  4. All of Me
  5. More Than You Know
  6. There'll Be Some Changes Made
  7. Goodbye
  8. Willow Weep for Me
  9. 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

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dinah Washington   Primary Artist,Vocals
Maynard Ferguson   Trumpet
Herb Geller   Alto Saxophone
Wynton Kelly   Piano
Ray Linn   Trumpet
Babe Russin   Tenor Saxophone
Hal Mooney   Conductor
Si Zentner   Trombone
Jimmy Cobb   Drums
Georgie Auld   Tenor Saxophone
Keter Betts   Bass
Conrad Gozzo   Trumpet
Tom Ferguson   Trumpet
Hendrickson   Guitar
Arthur "Skeets" Herfurt   Alto Saxophone
Manny Klein   Trumpet
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Tom Pederson   Trombone
Hal Mooney Orchestra   Musician

Technical Credits

Hal Mooney   Arranger
Phil Seymour   Composer
Larry Conley   Composer
James Isaacs   Liner Notes
Bob Shad   Producer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Arthur Williams   Composer
Willard Robison   Composer
W. Benton Overstreet   Composer
Billy Higgins   Composer

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