JAZZ 'ROUND MIDNIGHT is also available with Ella Fitzgerald's JAZZ 'ROUND MIDNIGHT AGAIN and Billie Holiday's JAZZ 'ROUND MIDNIGHT in the 3-CD box set JAZZ 'ROUND MIDNIGHT: THREE DIVAS (Verve 529 153).
Personnel includes: Dinah Washington (vocals); Herb Geller (alto saxophone); Paul Quinichette, Harold Land (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry, Clifford Brown, Maynard Ferguson (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland (trombone); Wynton Kelly (piano); Barry Galbraith (guitar); Keter Betts (bass); Jimmy Cobb, Max Roach (drums); Belford Hendricks's Orchestra.
Quincy Jones's Orchestra includes: Quincy Jones (arranger); Harold Mooney, Ernie Wilkins (arrangers); Hal McKusick (alto saxophone, flute); Anthony Ortega (alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson, Lucky Thompson, Al Cohn (tenor saxohpone); Danny Bank (baritone saxophone); Don Elliott (trumpet, mellophone, vibraphone, bongo); Joe Newman, Jimmy Maxwell, Doc Severinsen, Charlie Shavers, Clark Terry, Ernie Royal (trumpet); Billy Byers, Jimmy Cleveland, Urbie Green, Quentin Jackson, Kai Winding (trombone); Tom Mitchell (bass trombone); Sleepy Anderson (piano, celesta); Jack Wilson, Patti Brown (piano); Barry Galbraith, George Barnes (guitar); Milt Hinton (bass); Jimmy Crawford (drums); The Dells (background vocals).
Harold Mooney's Orchestra includes: Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Gus Chappell (trombone); Junior Mance, Wynton Kelly (piano); Keter Betts (bass); Jimmy Cobb (drums).
Nat Goodman's Orchestra includes: Belford Hendricks (arranger); Joe Zawinul (piano).
Fred Norman's Orchestra includes: Belford Hendricks (arranger).
Recorded between 1954 and 1961. Includes liner notes by James Gavin.
Personnel: Dinah Washington (vocals); The Dells (vocals); George Barnes, Al Hendrickson, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson (cello, piano); Hal McKusick (flute, alto saxophone); Al Cohn (alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Herb Geller, Anthony Ortega, Skeets Herfurt, Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson (tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Georgie Auld, Harold Land, Lucky Thompson, Paul Quinichette, Babe Russin (tenor saxophone); Chuck Gentry, Danny Bank, Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Don Elliott (trumpet, vibraphone, bongos); Clark Terry, Clifford Brown , Manny Klein, Conrad Gozzo , Doc Severinsen, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman , Maynard Ferguson, Ray Linn, Jimmy Maxwell, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Urbie Green (trombone, bass trombone); Tom Pederson , Frank Rosolino, Frank Zentner, Jimmy Cleveland, Kai Winding, Quentin Jackson, Si Zentner, Billy Byers, Gus Chappell (trombone); Tommy Mitchell , Tom Mitchel (bass trombone); Jack Wilson , Joe Zawinul, Junior Mance, Patti Bown, Richie Powell, Wynton Kelly (piano); Jimmy Cobb , Jimmy Crawford , Max Roach (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Peter Pullman; James Gavin.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (08/03/1954-12/??/1961); Los Angeles, CA (08/03/1954-12/??/1961); New York, NY (08/03/1954-12/??/1961).
Editor: Peter Pullman.
Photographer: Frank Driggs.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Mooney; Gary N. Mayo; Jon Schapiro.
Arrangers: Ernie Wilkins; Mooney; Harold Mooney; Quincy Jones; Belford Hendricks.
Dinah Washington was known as the essential rhythm & blues singer of her time, but only Sarah Vaughan eclipsed her in terms of jazz ballad artistry. This collection of torch songs, taken from her recordings on the Mercury and EmArcy labels, is evidence enough of her status as "the Queen." Arrangements by Quincy Jones, Ernie Wilkins, and Fred Norman in big band or small group sessions are quite attractive and complement her distinctive voice. Six are with string arrangements and two with vocal group backup (the Dells,) but every cut is a quintessential. Great soloists like Clifford Brown, Al Cohn, Kai Winding, Cannonball Adderley, and Clark Terry are included in this set, the best songs being "Since I Fell for You," "Willow Weep for Me," "Stardust," "More Than You Know," "Unforgettable," and "Goodbye." ~ Michael G. Nastos