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Dinah Jams (w/Clifford Brown, Max Roach) CD
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Genre: Jazz Music
Media Format: Compact Disk
Release Date: 19-JUN-1990
Top Customer Reviews
This is an immensely satisfying album (and my CD doesn't even contain the last three songs included in Amazon's version) The songs, most of them standards, are given fresh interpretations: The rhythm section is tremendous on "I Got You Under My Skin", layering a surging, urgent current under Ms. Washington's alternately measured and belting, soulful vocals, and the brilliant exchanges among the trumpets. Ms. Washington imparts a late-night saloon feeling to "You Ain't Gonna Bother Me," crystal Eckstine-like voicing on "Come Rain or Come Shine," and an incomparable version of "There is No Greater Love." The appreciative audience loved Dinah and the band (and this is incredibly well-recorded for a 1954 live performance!), and so will you. Highly recommended!
Lover Come Back To Me (Dinah Rocks here)
Summertime (very short, but you will see why Clifford Brown was one of the best ever, even though he lived only 25 years)
Come Rain or Come Shine (not too many people mentioned this one, but like the crowd screaming in the background of the loud recording, I was moved by Dinah's vocals)
Crazy He Calls Me (amazing ballad; similarity between Washington and Esther PHillips amazing here)
Lover Come Back To Me (wow!!!)
This clarity, gives Dinah's powerful, high-pitched blues-wail a great deal of attention, which works to all of her advantages. Rather than coming across as a sappy vocal album, the band comes across as lean and tough, almost like a punk rock band. This album certainly had as much if not more energy and passion as the rock and roll and was blossoming around the same time.
That being said, this album is a stone-cold classic in the world of vocal jazz. Taped in front of a studio audience, it captures a great deal of the ambience of those classic clubs like the Royal Roost and Birdland. You can almost smell the fried chicken, bourbon, and cigarettes as light smoke and steam waft through the air.
This may not be the most accessible of Dinah's albums, but if you've got a predilection for hard driving jazz with a tough, bluesy edge you will love Dinah Jams! And if you are like I was in 10th grade: a punk rock fan looking to branch out into jazz, then this album would be an excellent place to start. For all intents and purposes, this album is just as visceral as any of Elvis Costello's early albums or the Clash's early albums. Plus, it's got Max Roach on drums, and he's as punk as they come.
Dinah's voice,the most emotionnal one after Billie,always was one of my favorites,with Lil Green.Her incredibly sensual,...her magnificent diction and her blues-tinted,popular accent moves me like mad.This very relaxed,jam-session like recording session took place on August 14,1954 in L.A."LOver,come back to me",somptuously recorded by Billie some years before,offers nine minutes and fourty five seconds of pure joy,with great solos by Brownie,Geller,Mance,Clark Terry and the imperial Max Roach."Alone together",a haunting ballad,features Harold Land's underrated tenor sax.Dinah is back for a moving version of "come rain or come shine";her blues and gospel tinted voice marvels.The very rare "No more",a Bob Russell tune was outstandingly recorded by Billie on her Decca sides,at the end of the fourties.Dinah's interpretation can easily match with Lady Day's."I've got you under my skin",Frank Sinatra's anthem,is introduced by Dinah with only Max Roach's african drumming;then comes the bass,then the piano and the rest of the band.What a swing !!! But would it be possible to miss such a beautiful tune ? Clark Terry and Brownie play magnificently,Ferguson doesn't.And he's beaten by the two others,wether the subject is to play very high notes,or to play very quickly."There is no greater love" is another beautiful vocal by Dinah.Then,"you go to my head" is another masterpiece.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Orig. 1954. DW, voc; Clifford Brown, Clark Terry, Maynard Ferguson, tpt; Herb Geller, alto sx; Harold Land, ten sx; Junior Mance, Richie Powell, p; Keter Betts, George Morrow, b;... Read morePublished 11 months ago by David Keymer
Clifford Brown, Clark Terry and Maynard Ferguson all on the same album. What's not to like. Dinah, of course, is great.Published 11 months ago by DD
I became aware of this album after hearing it played by a friend who owns a lot of historic vinyl.There's a ton of music not transfered to vinyl,so much so you'd be amazed! Read morePublished on January 27, 2014 by Ernie Barnes
Dinah Washington was gifted with wonderful timing and phrasing. She used her voice as another instrument in any group with which she performed. I like this one so much!Published on October 27, 2013 by Joyce Paulson
This recording has been reviewed to death! I have copies in about 4-5 different editions. This review is specifically for the VINYL issue! Read morePublished on August 26, 2013 by J. Pluta
This is a wonderful disc that I can highly recommend to jazz fans.
She had such a gift and we were fortunate to have her share her talent.