Dinah Washington

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While this two-disc, 40-track collection is not the definitive Dinah Washington, it is certainly more than adequate, covering her career with Roulette over only three years, from 1962-1964. This is Washington the blues and jazz singer with big bands and stellar arrangements. From "Drinking Again" to "Do Nothing 'Til You Hear from Me," from "Red Sails in the Sunset" to her stellar reading of "These Foolish Things." And that's only on the first disc. The second platter contains everything from tough arrangements of Big Bill Broonzy's "Key to the Highway" to Johnny Mercer's "I Wanna Be Around." In addition, there are cuts as diverse as a blues reading of Sammy Cahn's "Call Me Irresponsible" and the scorching heartbreaker "A Stranger on Earth." There isn't a wasted cut here, and there are decent liner notes, to boot, as well as fine sound.

Track Listing - Disc 1

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1
3:32
2 2:35
3 3:38
4 3:23
5 2:45
6 2:33
7 2:57
8 2:29
9 2:27
10 2:52 Amazon
11 2:46 Amazon
12 3:21 Amazon
13 2:17 Amazon
14 3:28 Amazon
15 2:07
16 2:57
17 3:02
18 3:32
19 3:10
20
4:49
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