Dinah Washington Anthology: 1943-1959

Anthology: 1943-1959
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CD Details

  • Released: May 17, 2011
  • Originally Released: 2011
  • Label: Cleopatra

Tracks:

  • 1.Shoo Shoo Baby
  • 2.No Love, No Nothin'
  • 3.I'll Get By
  • 4.Tears In My Heart
  • 5.That Soldier of Mine
  • 6.The Man I Love
  • 7.Wise Woman Blues
  • 8.Walking Blues
  • 9.No Voot No Bout
  • 10.Chewin' Mama Blues
  • 11.My Lovin' Papa
  • 12.Rich Man's Blues
  • 13.All or Nothing Blues
  • 14.Beggin' Mama Blues
  • 15.Mellow Mama Blues
  • 16.My Voot is Really Vout
  • 17.Blues for a Day
  • 18.Pacific Coast Blues
  • 19.Lover Come Back to Me
  • 20.Unforgettable

Product Description:

Personnel includes: Dinah Washington (vocals); Gene Porter (alto & tenor saxophones, clarinet); Jewel Grant (alto saxophone); Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); Karl George (trumpet); Milt Jackson, Lionel Hampton (vibraphone); Wilbert Baranco, Ernie Freeman (piano); Barney Kessel, Rene Hall (guitar); Charlie Mingus, Red Callender (bass); Lee Young, Earl Palmer (drums).
Includes liner notes by Athan Maroulis.
Liner Note Author: Athan Maroulis.
Recording information: AFRS, Norfolk, VA (04/30/1944); Los Angeles, CA (04/30/1944); New York City (04/30/1944); The Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (04/30/1944); Trianon Ballroom, South Gate, CA (04/30/1944); AFRS, Norfolk, VA (06/18/1944); Los Angeles, CA (06/18/1944); New York City (06/18/1944); The Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (06/18/1944); Trianon Ballroom, South Gate, CA (06/18/1944); AFRS, Norfolk, VA (08/14/1954); Los Angeles, CA (08/14/1954); New York City (08/14/1954); The Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (08/14/1954); Trianon Ballroom, South Gate, CA (08/14/1954); AFRS, Norfolk, VA (08/1959); Los Angeles, CA (08/1959); New York City (08/1959); The Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (08/1959); Trianon Ballroom, South Gate, CA (08/1959); AFRS, Norfolk, VA (10/18/1944); Los Angeles, CA (10/18/1944); New York City (10/18/1944); The Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (10/18/1944); Trianon Ballroom, South Gate, CA (10/18/1944); AFRS, Norfolk, VA (12/10/1945); Los Angeles, CA (12/10/1945); New York City (12/10/1945); The Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (12/10/1945); Trianon Ballroom, South Gate, CA (12/10/1945); AFRS, Norfolk, VA (12/12/1945); Los Angeles, CA (12/12/1945); New York City (12/12/1945); The Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (12/12/1945); Trianon Ballroom, South Gate, CA (12/12/1945); AFRS, Norfolk, VA (12/13/1945); Los Angeles, CA (12/13/1945); New York City (12/13/1945); The Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (12/13/1945); Trianon Ballroom, South Gate, CA (12/13/1945); AFRS, Norfolk, VA (1943); Los Angeles, CA (1943); New York City (1943); The Riverside Theatre, Milwaukee, WI (1943); Trianon Ballroom, South Gate, CA (1943).
Photographer: Athan Maroulis.
If you own Delmark's 1992 CD Mellow Mama, you have most of the recordings on this 2001 release from Cleopatra's Stardust label. Anthology, like Mellow Mama, contains all 12 of the songs that Dinah Washington recorded for Apollo on December 10-13, 1945, including sassy jazz/blues gems like "My Voot Is Really Vout," "Mellow Mama Blues," "Wise Woman Blues," and "Rich Man's Blues" (which humorously echoes the thoughts of gold diggers past and present). In fact, the 12 songs (which employ bop heavyweights like vibist Milt Jackson, tenor saxman Lucky Thompson, and bassist Charles Mingus) are heard in the same order on Anthology as they are on Mellow Mama. But while Mellow Mama focuses on the December 1945 sessions exclusively, Anthology contains three bonus tracks: "Shoo Shoo Baby," "Lover, Come Back to Me," and "Unforgettable." Recorded during a Lionel Hampton session of 1943, "Shoo Shoo Baby" is quite similar to the Apollo material. But "Lover, Come Back to Me" is pure bop, and Washington's famous 1959 recording of "Unforgettable" (a major hit for Nat "King" Cole in the early '50s) is a rewarding example of her talents as a jazz-influenced pop singer. Myopic jazz snobs love to denounce Washington as a sell-out for exploring pre-rock/pop in the 1950s and early '60s, but the singer never claimed to be a jazz purist -- and anyone who dislikes "Unforgettable" simply because it isn't straight-ahead jazz is foolish and narrow-minded. From jazz/blues to hard bop to pop, Anthology paints a consistently attractive picture of the versatile Washington. ~ Alex Henderson

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