Personnel includes: Dinah Washington (vocals); Anthony Ortega (alto saxophone, clarinet); Julian "Cannonball" Adderley (alto saxophone); Danny Bank (baritone saxophone, bass clarinet); Joe Newamn, Ernie Royal, Clark Terry (trumpet); Junior Mance (piano); George Barnes (guitar); Milt Hinton (bass).
Recorded between 1954 & 1961. Includes liner notes by Will Friedwald.
This is part of Verve's Diva Series.
Personnel: Dinah Washington (vocals); George Barnes, Kenny Burrell, Barry Galbraith (guitar); Hal McKusick (flute, alto saxophone); Jerome Richardson (clarinet, saxophone, tenor saxophone); Anthony Ortega (clarinet, alto saxophone); Lucky Thompson (clarinet, tenor saxophone); Danny Bank (bass clarinet, baritone saxophone); Herb Geller, Rick Henderson, Cannonball Adderley (alto saxophone); Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis , Georgie Auld, Al Cohn (tenor saxophone); Charles Davis (baritone saxophone); Don Elliott (trumpet, vibraphone, bongos); Clark Terry, Clifford Brown , Doc Severinsen, Ernie Royal, Joe Newman , Joe Wilder, Maynard Ferguson, Jimmy Maxwell, Charlie Shavers (trumpet); Jimmy Cleveland, Kai Winding, Quentin Jackson, Urbie Green, Billy Byers, Gus Chappell (trombone); Tommy Mitchell (bass trombone); Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson (piano, celesta); Joe Zawinul, Junior Mance, Patti Bown, Wynton Kelly (piano); Ed Thigpen, Jimmy Cobb , Jimmy Crawford , Max Roach, Osie Johnson, Panama Francis (drums).
Liner Note Author: Will Friedwald.
Recording information: Fine Sound, New York, NY (06/15/1954-08/16/1961); Hollywood, CA (06/15/1954-08/16/1961); Los Angeles, CA (06/15/1954-08/16/1961); Mercury Sound Studio, New York, NY (06/15/1954-08/16/1961); New York, NY (06/15/1954-08/16/1961).
Illustrator: Gary Kelley.
Photographer: Chuck Stewart.
Arrangers: Ernie Wilkins; Hal Mooney; Quincy Jones; Belford Hendricks.
Part of Verve's Diva Series, this Dinah Washington collection serves as a solid introduction to her dynamic work. Featuring such popular Washington mainstays as "What a Diff'rence a Day Made," "If I Were a Bell," and "I'll Close My Eyes," this is a timely introduction to one of the jazz world's most versatile artists. While by no means definitive, at over 14 tracks one could do worse with a single-disc overview than to check this one out first. ~ Matt Collar