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by Mary Foster Conklin
This broadcast presents new releases from Willie Nelson, who continues his homage to the songs of Frank Sinatra, Wayne Alpern and pianist Rachel Eckroth with birthday shoutouts to Dinah Washington and Alice Coltrane in the second hour, along with guitarist Mimi Fox, vocalists Anita Wardell, Rosana Eckert, Vicki Burns and more. Thanks for listening and please support the artists you hear on the show by purchasing their music in this time of pandemic so they can continue to distract, comfort ...read more
by Mary Foster Conklin
In this episode we celebrate some heavyweight jazz birthdays --Dinah Washington, Teri Thornton and Alice Coltrane, to name a few. Plus a bumper crop of new releases as summer winds down. Playlist The Diva Jazz Orchestra The Rhythm Changes" from The Diva Jazz Orchestra: 25th Anniversary Project (ArtistShare) 00:00 Madeleine Peyroux On a Sunday Afternoon" from Anthem (Universal Music Division Decca Records France) 05:32 Mark Winkler & Cheryl Bentyne Things Are Swingin'" from Eastern Standard Time (Café ...read more
by Nic Jones
In these days of photogenic warblers putting out the standards with only a negligible grasp of individuality and little in the way of interpretive skill, Dinah Washington continues to put a smile on your face before she's even got through the first line of a song. Evil Gal is a trawl through the sides she cut in the first half of the 1950s, and there isn't a song here that finds her in less than sublime form. It might almost ...read more
by Chris M. Slawecki
Dinah Washington's biting, blues-smoked phrasing is often cited as the primordial ground from which singers such as Esther Phillips and Nancy Wilson blossomed, and through them, more contemporary vocalists like Chaka Khan and Patti Labelle subsequently bloomed. This new collection of ballads draws from Washington's 1962-63 recording prime, a fertile period when she released several albums of ballads and blues, arranged and conducted by longtime Frank Sinatra favorite Don Costa, for Roulette and Mercury Records.
Like every female ...read more
by Jim Santella
Dinah Washington The Complete Roulette Dinah Washington Sessions Mosaic Records 2004
What a voice!
Five CDs and 94 tracks from her 1962-63 recording sessions give this complete Dinah Washington collection from Mosaic ample opportunities for extended listening. Five hours of Ms. Washington's expressive way with a song tell a long and detailed story.
She swings naturally with a genuine aura. On Disc I, walking bass, comping piano, rhythm ...read more
by Dave Nathan
Ted Ono's Baldwin Street Music has rescued Dinah Washington's live performances from New York's Birdland, Royal Roost and Basin Street. There are also a couple of cuts from the soundtrack of Harlem Variety Review. It was during this period that many of her recordings consistently appeared at the top of the R & B charts. But it wasn't until her classic What a Difference a Day Made" that she broke through to the pop charts. The first performance on the ...read more