Dinah Washington – Dinah! (Full Album)

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Dinah! is a 1956 album by jazz singer Dinah Washington released on the EmArcy label.

“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.” – Stephen Cook/AllMusic.

Track listing:

Side A
1. “Look to the Rainbow” Yip Harburg Burton Lane 2:48
2. “Ill Wind” Ted Koehler Harold Arlen 3:39
3. “A Cottage for Sale” Larry Conley Willard Robison 3:18
4. “All of Me” Gerald Marks, Seymour Simons Marks, Simons 3:45
5. “More Than You Know” Billy Rose, Edward Eliscu Vincent Youmans 3:52
6. “There’ll Be Some Changes Made” Billy Higgins Benton Overstreet 3:02
Side B
7. “Goodbye” Gordon Jenkins Jenkins 3:21
8. “Willow Weep for Me” Ann Ronell Ronell 3:28
9. “Make Me a Present of You” Joe Greene Greene 3:46
10. “Smoke Gets in Your Eyes” Otto Harbach Jerome Kern 3:24
11. “I Could Have Told You” Carl Sigman Jimmy Van Heusen 3:14
12. “Accent on Youth” Tot Seymour Vee Lawnhurst 3:20

Georgie Auld – tenor saxophone
Keter Betts – bass
Jimmy Cobb – drums
Maynard Ferguson – trumpet
Tom Ferguson – trumpet
Herb Geller – alto saxophone
Conrad Gozzo – trumpet
Al Hendrickson – guitar
Arthur “Skeets” Herfurt – alto saxophone
Wynton Kelly – piano
Tokiwa Kinoshita – digital remastering, remastering
Manny Klein – trumpet
Ray Linn – trumpet
Hal Mooney – arranger, conductor
Tom Pederson – trombone
Frank Rosolino – trombone
Babe Russin – tenor saxophone
Dinah Washington – vocals
Si Zentner – trombone


Released: 1956
Recorded: January 11 and November 11, 1956 in Los Angeles and New York City, USA
Label: EmArcy
Producer: Bob Shad