Dinah Washington: Standards (Great Songs/Great Performances)
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||Teach Me Tonight||Dinah Washington||2:44||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Am I Blue||Dinah Washington||3:12||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Somebody Loves Me||Dinah Washington & Quincy Jones and His Orchestra||2:32||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I'll Close My Eyes||Dinah Washington||3:57||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||I Thought About You||Dinah Washington & Belford Hendricks||2:31||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Our Love Is Here to Stay||Dinah Washington||2:30||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||Cry Me a River||Dinah Washington||2:26||$1.29||View in iTunes|
||September In the Rain||Dinah Washington||2:05||$1.29||View in iTunes|
With her clipped phrasing, high-pitched voice, and unhurried pacing, Dinah Washington could have easily been one of the definitive jazz singers of her generation, and one could certainly make the case that she was anyway, but she baffled a lot of critics by straying often from the jazz book of standards, as if commercial pop success was somehow a betrayal. This brief set of tracks drawn from her stay at Verve Records paints a portrait that’s closer to the one the critics seemed to want, a gifted singer showing her jazz chops. Among the highlights of this lightly orchestrated sequence of jazz standards are Washington’s fine versions of “Am I Blue?” (Washington was always at her best when she sang about lost or damaged love — she had seven marriages, after all), “Cry Me a River,” and “September in the Rain,” although all eight of these tracks have a similar feel and texture to them. It was Washington’s clear, clipped, and deliberate singing that defined her, and it is on display everywhere here, making this an affordable quick introduction to this often underappreciated artist.
Born: August 29, 1924 in Tuscaloosa, AL
Years Active: '40s, '50s, '60s