Personnel: Joe Van Loan (tenor); Chuck Norris , Freddie Green, Mundell Lowe, Billy Mackel (guitar); Rudy Rutherford (clarinet); Jewell L. Grant, Ernie Wilkins, Andrew Gardner, Rupert Cole, Herbie Fields, Ed Freeman (alto saxophone); Bob Hardaway, Dave Young Orchestra, Bob Robinson , Lucky Thompson, Paul Quinichette, Arnett Cobb, Wardell Gray, Ben Webster (tenor saxophone); Gene Porter, Joe Koch, Cecil Payne (baritone saxophone); Clyde Reasinger, Cootie Williams, George Hudson, Harry Jackson , Karl George, Joe Morris , Bob Merrill , Tom Reeves (trumpet); Art Pearlman, Roger White , Benny Powell (trombone); Rudy Martin, Wilbert Baranco, Arnold Jarvis, Milt Buckner, Wynton Kelly (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Vernon King, Charles Mingus (double bass); Dick Stanton, Sylvester Payne, Fred Radcliffe, Gus Johnson , Curtis Walker, Jimmy Cobb , Lee Young, Teddy Stewart (drums).
Liner Note Author: Dave Penny.
Recording information: Carnegie Hall, NY (12/29/1943-05/06/1952); Chicago, IL (12/29/1943-05/06/1952); Los Angeles, CA (12/29/1943-05/06/1952); New York, NY (12/29/1943-05/06/1952).
Dinah Washington was a perennial on the postwar R&B and jukebox charts, and this valuable Acrobat compilation collects no less than 47 of her sides from the late '40s and early '50s. The period saw her moving from early blues sides, with help from Lionel Hampton ("Salty Papa Blues," "Evil Gal Blues") to her take on more urbane material, including pop hits of the time like "Hey Good Lookin'" with the Ravens, "Cold, Cold Heart" and "Wheel of Fortune" (in case there's any doubt, she was more than a match for Kay Starr on the latter). The sound quality leaves a bit to be desired, but the wealth of material on display is more than enough to compensate. ~ John Bush