Personnel includes: Dinah Washington (vocals); Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (alto saxophone); Clark Terry, Doc Sevrinsen, Ernie Royal, Clifford Brown, Maynard Ferguson (trumpet); Julian Priester (trombone); Wynton Kelly, Junior Mance (piano); Freddie Green (guitar); Max Roach (drums).
Producers: Bob Shad, Quincy Jones, Clyde Otis.
Recorded between 1955 & 1961. Includes liner notes by James Isaacs.
All tracks have been digitally remastered.
Personnel: Dinah Washington (vocals); Ernie Wilkins (vocals); Freddie Green, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Jimmy Cobb (strings, drums); Jerome Richardson (flute, reeds, alto saxophone); Sahib Shihab (reeds, alto saxophone); Eddie Chamblee, Frank Wess, Benny Golson (reeds, tenor saxophone); Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Harold Ousley, Paul Quinichette (tenor saxophone); Cecil Payne, Charles Davis (baritone saxophone); Clark Terry, Clifford Brown , Reunald Jones, Doc Severinsen, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman , Johnny Coles, Maynard Ferguson, Ray Copeland , Blue Mitchell, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Sonny Russo, Rod Levitt, Jimmy Cleveland, Julian Priester, Melba Liston, Urbie Green, Billy Byers (trombone); Jack Wilson , Junior Mance, Wynton Kelly (piano); Terry Gibbs (vibraphone); Max Roach, Richard Evans , Charlie Persip (drums).
Audio Remasterers: Dennis Drake; Mark Wilder.
Liner Note Author: James Isaacs.
Recording information: Chicago, IL (1954-1961); Jazz Festival, Newport, RI (1954-1961); Los Angeles, CA (1954-1961); New York, NY (1954-1961); Newport, RI (1954-1961).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Ernie Wilkins; Hal Mooney; Max Roach; Quincy Jones; Belford Hendricks.
Arrangers: Nat Goodman; Fred Norman; Melba Liston; Quincy Jones; Belford Hendricks.
Not quite as fine as Sarah Vaughan's Compact Jazz disc, this Verve roundup still nicely frames Dinah Washington's stay at the label with a fetching array of her best cuts from the '50s and early '60s. Taking in some of Washington's best-known pop songs ("What a Difference a Day Makes"), the disc touches on her excellent Fats Waller ("Keepin' out of Mischief Now") and Bessie Smith ("Backwater Blues") songbooks, while also including something from a fiery live date with Clifford Brown ("I've Got You Under My Skin"). And this is not to forget a handful of finely gauged readings of such perennials as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Easy Living," and "I Could Write a Book." Topped off with fine support by a bevy of top players, Compact Jazz: Dinah Washington makes for the ideal introductory disc. ~ Stephen Cook