- Never, Never
- Feel Like I Wanna cry
- I Ainít Goiní to Cry No More
- Am I Blue
- Pennies from Heaven
- Just One More Chance
- Make believe dreams
- Cold, Cold Heart
- Iím a Fool to Want You
- Ainít Nothiní Good
- My Manís an Undertaker
- Donít Get Around Much Anymore
- My Song
- Stormy Weather
- Ainít Nothing Good
- Go Pretty Daddy
- My Kind of Man
- I Wanna Be Loved
- Mixed Emotions
- My Devotion
The personnel information on this record is scant and what there
is of it is inaccurate, so I have not passed it on! An example is
tracks 4 and 5, where quite a large ensemble is listed, but the backing
is by an Organ Trio with a tenor player who sounds like Lester Young.
Fortunately these deficiencies do not spoil the enjoyment of the music.
Dinah Washington was one of the great jazz vocalists, steeped in
the blues, who learned her craft as a band singer with Lionel Hampton;
it was he who created her stage name. She was at home in the fields
of rhythm and blues as well as the jazz genre and she also had several
Ďhití records of which What a Difference a Day Makes (1959) was the
biggest. These tracks come from the period 1950 to 1953.
Her timing, intonation and use of vibrato are the mark of a true
jazz singer and Dinah was one of the best. She sounds very much at
home with some of the interesting small groups she is featured with
here and I am sure groups of jazz fans can have many an enjoyable
evening, trying to guess who the accompanying musicians are. The delivery
on My Manís an Undertaker is full of humour and swing. On the next
track the personnel is wrong again, either someone had a bad day or
was given some duff info. A backing trio is listed but the band is
much larger, Dinah is again magnificent.
Ainít Nothing Good appears twice (10 & 15), two different takes?
Why just on that track?
Dinah had a short life, she was only 39 when she died, but she was
an artist of such calibre that her work deserves to be remembered,
so it is good to have this example even if the supporting information
is so poor. Would it really add so much to the cost to make a better
job of the personnel listing and provide at least a minimum sleeve
note about the artiste?
It is amazing that 50 years after a singer recorded this work, it
requires all her genius to make the album successful. At least she
did her work properly!