- Released: November 4, 1997
- Label: Polygram Records
- 1.What a Difference a Day Made
- 2.Back Water Blues
- 3.Cry Me a River
- 4.I Wanna Be Loved
- 5.There Is No Greater Love
- 6.Since I Fell For You
- 7.Cold, Cold Heart
- 8.I'm a Fool to Want You
- 9.I Could Write a Book
- 10.Blue Gardenia
- 11.Harbor Lights
- 12.Mixed Emotions
- 13.You Don't Know What Love Is
- 14.I Won't Cry Anymore
- 16.The Bitter Earth
Personnel includes: Dinah Washington (vocals); Harold Land, Paul Quinchette (tenor saxophone); Clifford Brown, Maynard Ferguson, Clark Terry (trumpet); Junior Mance, Wynton Kelly (piano); Keter Betts (bass); Max Roach (drums).
Producers include: Leonard Feather, Quincy Jones, Clyde Otis, Bob Shad.
Recorded between 1947 & 1959. Includes liner notes by Abbey Lincoln.
This is part of The Ultimate Verve Series.
Personnel: Dinah Washington (vocals); Barry Galbraith (guitar); Harold Land, Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry, Clifford Brown , Maynard Ferguson (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Junior Mance, Wynton Kelly (piano); Rudy Martin (keyboards); Jimmy Cobb , Max Roach (drums).
Liner Note Author: Abbey Lincoln.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (1957-1961); Fine Sound, New York, NY (1957-1961); Hollywood, CA (1957-1961).
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Photographer: Herman Leonard.
Arranger: Quincy Jones.
Perhaps the greatest of all jazz blues singers, Dinah Washington sang with a tough, rarely sentimental, and gritty approach, yet her voice was always warm, yearning, and even vulnerable. Compiled by Abby Lincoln (herself a noted jazz singer), on ULTIMATE DINAH WASHINGTON Washington performs tunes from both small group and orchestral sessions dating back to the '40s and '50s.
On "I Could Write a Book," Washington is teamed up with a nonet featuring Clark Terry (trumpet) and Paul Quinichette (sax), but on tunes such as "Unforgettable" and "What a Difference a Day Makes" we hear her singing over a lush string ensemble. On all of these tracks, Washington sings with a sharp emotional sting, always avoiding sappiness or schmaltziness. Undoubtedly the definitive Dinah Washington greatest hits record, ULTIMATE DINAH WASHINGTON represents the singer in her prime, before she ventured off into straight R&B and middle-of-the-road pop.