Dinah Washington - Compact Jazz (1987)
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Dinah Washington - Compact Jazz (1987)

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Artist: Dinah Washington
Title Of Album: Compact Jazz
Year Of Release: 1987
Label: Mercury
Genre: Jazz, Vocal Jazz
Quality: FLAC (Img,cue,log,scans)
Bitrate: lossless
Total Time: 56:15 min
Total Size: 307 mb
1 What a Diff'rence a Day Made (Adams, Grever) 2:29
2 I Could Write a Book Hart, (Johnson, Rodgers) 4:23
3 Make Me a Present of You (Green, Greene) 2:49
4 Smoke Gets in Your Eyes (Harbach, Kern) 3:21
5 I Want to Be Loved (Churchill) 2:41
6 Manhattan (Hart, Rodgers) 4:16
7 I've Got You Under My Skin (Porter) 5:20
8 I Remember Clifford (Golson) 2:34
9 Unforgettable (Gordon) 2:41
10 Easy Living (Rainger, Robin) 4:57
11 Backwater Blues (Ledbetter, Smith) 4:42
12 If I Were a Bell (Loesser) 2:04
13 Teach Me Tonight (Cahn, DePaul) 2:44
14 Keepin' Out of Mischief Now (Razaf, Waller) 2:37
15 All of Me (Marks, Simons) 5:21
16 This Bitter Earth (Otis) 2:25
Not quite as fine as Sarah Vaughan's Compact Jazz disc, this Verve roundup still nicely frames Dinah Washington's stay at the label with a fetching array of her best cuts from the '50s and early '60s. Taking in some of Washington's best-known pop songs ("What a Difference a Day Makes"), the disc touches on her excellent Fats Waller ("Keepin' out of Mischief Now") and Bessie Smith ("Backwater Blues") songbooks, while also including something from a fiery live date with Clifford Brown ("I've Got You Under My Skin"). And this is not to forget a handful of finely gauged readings of such perennials as "Smoke Gets in Your Eyes," "Easy Living," and "I Could Write a Book." Topped off with fine support by a bevy of top players, Compact Jazz: Dinah Washington makes for the ideal introductory disc. ~ Stephen Cook
Dinah Washington is considered a hugely influential singer to later stars such as Nancy Wilson and Aretha Franklin. The 'Queen of the Blues' is most remembered today for "Mad About The Boy", and "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes!", which won her a Grammy in 1959. She had began singing as a teenager, and gradually established herself as one of the most popular blues, R&B and jazz vocalists of the era. Her success brought her plenty of wealth, and she became known as a big spender on luxurious fur coats, cars, jewellery, drink and drugs. She also managed to squeeze an impressive eight marriages into her life, before a premature death at the age of 39 from an accidental overdose of sleeping pills.
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