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Dinah Washington With Quincy Jones (Giants of Jazz)

Dinah Washington & Quincy Jones

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Album Review

This European reissue of (unattributed) Mercury Records sessions finds Dinah Washington fronting a band of eight or ten pieces (depending on the track) performing Quincy Jones arrangements of standards like "I Could Write A Book" and "I Get A Kick Out Of You." The band includes the likes of Clark Terry on trumpet, Paul Quinichette on tenor saxophone, Wynton Kelly on piano, and Jimmy Cobb on drums, and the jazz content is high, with many of the instrumentalists getting lengthy solos. Washington fits right in, rendering the lyrics with her usual precision and feeling. "I Diddie" (called "I Diddle" here) was an R&B chart hit.

Biography

Born: 29 August 1924 in Tuscaloosa, AL

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s

Dinah Washington was at once one of the most beloved and controversial singers of the mid-20th century — beloved to her fans, devotees, and fellow singers; controversial to critics who still accuse her of selling out her art to commerce and bad taste. Her principal sin, apparently, was to cultivate a distinctive vocal style that was at home in all kinds of music, be it R&B, blues, jazz, middle of the road pop — and she probably would have made a fine gospel or country singer had she...
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