Dinah Washington - Jazz Profile, Vol. 5

Dinah Washington - Jazz Profile, Vol. 5
Release Date:
April 1, 1997
Recording Date:
1962 - 1963
Classic Female Blues, Standards, Traditional Pop, Early Jazz Vocals, Vocal Jazz
Jazz Profile, Vol. 5

This set is a bit out of place in this collector's series, for it is really a gap-filler, mostly comprised of Dinah Washington recordings from her last two years that have not (with a few exceptions) been included in other CD reissues. Washington was at her best prior to 1959, but her later recordings are not without interest. Backed by an unidentified big band with occasional strings (why is no personnel given?), the music is superior to Dinah's later Mercury records and shows that she was still very much in her prime. Also obvious is how much of an influence she became on many black female singers that followed her.

An excellent overview of her last period, recorded just prior to Washington's premature death, the 14 selections (highlighted by "The Blues Ain't Nothin'" and "I Wanna Be Around") are taken from six of her seven Roulette albums.

Destination Moon / Roy Alfred / Marvin FisherDinah Washington2:30
The Blues Ain't Nothin' But a Woman Cryin' for Her Man / J. Mayo WilliamsDinah Washington3:44
Lover Man / Jimmy Davis / Roger "Ram" Ramirez / Jimmy ShermanDinah Washington2:58
Don't Say Nothing at All / Juanita Hill / Dinah WashingtonDinah Washington2:33
Coquette / Johnny Green / Gus Kahn / Carmen LombardoDinah Washington2:53
The Man That Got Away / Harold Arlen / Ira GershwinDinah Washington3:29
Funny Thing / James Van Heusen / Carl SigmanDinah Washington2:34
Just One More Chance / Sam Coslow / Arthur JohnstonDinah Washington2:29
Miss You / Charles Tobias / Harry TobiasDinah Washington3:34
To Forget About You / Henry GloverDinah Washington2:24
A Handful of Stars / Jack Lawrence / Ted ShapiroDinah Washington3:20
I'll Never Stop Loving You / Nicholas Brodszky / Sammy CahnDinah Washington2:02
I Wanna Be Around / Johnny Mercer / Sadie VimmerstadtDinah Washington3:35
A Stranger on Earth / Sid Feller / Rick WardDinah Washington3:08

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