Dinah Washington

Complete 1943-1951 Mercury Master Takes (4-CD Set)

Jazz Factory

Dinah Washington (vcl), Buck Clayton, Snooky Young, Joe Morris (tp), Melba Liston, Matthew Gee (tb), Tab Smith, John Coltrane, Jimmy Heath, Ernie Wilkins (as), Rudy Rutherford (cl), Arnett Cobb (ts), Cecil Payne (bs), Lionel Hampton (vib), Milt Buckner, Red Richards, Johnny Acea (p), Mundell Lowe, Freddie Green, Billy Bauer (g), Ray Brown, Chubby Jackson (b), Henry Green (d), Rene Hall (arr)

Reference: JFCD22841_4

Bar code: 8436006498411

This definitive 4-CD compilation gatthers all the recordings waxed by Dinah Washington for the Mercury label during 1946-1951. The early recordings from 1946 find the young vocalist (who was only 21 at the time) evolving from an obscure yet talented singer to a successful Rhythm & Blues starlet.

All the early recordings by the passionate vocalist. Only master takes.


CD 1
01. Embraceable you
02. I can't get started with you
03. When a woman love a man
04. Joy juice
05. Oo wee walkie talkie
06. The man I love
07. you didn't want me then
08. A slick chick
09. Postman blues
10. That's why a woman love a heel
11. Strairway to the stars
12. I want to be loved
13. You satisfy
14. Fool that I am
15. There's got to be a chance
16. Mean and evil blues
17. Since I feel for you
18. West side bqby
19. You can depend on me
20. Early in the morning
21. I¡m afraid of you
22. I love yoy, yes I do
23. Mean and evil blues (*)
24. Evil gal blues
25. I know how to do it (*)
26. Salty papa blues (*)
27. Homeward bound (*)

CD 2
01. Don'tcome knockin' at my door
02. I wish I knew the name of the boy
03. No more lonely gal blues
04. Walkin' and talkin'
05. Ain't misbehavin'
06. What can I say I'm sorry
07. Tell me so
08. I can't face the music
09. Pete
10. Am I asking too mush
11. I'm getting old before
12. Record ban blues
13. Resolution blues
14. I want to cry
15. Long john blues
16. In the rain
17. I sold my heart to the junkman
18. I'll wait
19. It's too soon to know
20. Why can't you behave
21. It's funny
22. Laughing boy
23. Am I really sorry

CD 3
01. How deeps is the ocean
02. New york, Chicago & Los Angeles
03. Give me back me tears
04. Good daddy blues
05. Baby get lost
06. I only know
07. Drummer man
08. I challenge your kiss
09. Fast movin' mama
10. Juice head man of mine
11. Shuckin' and jivin'
12. Richest Guy in the Graveyard
13. Journey's end
14. It isn't far
15. My kind of man
16. If I loved you
17. Why don't you think thing over
18. Big deal
19. I'll never be free
20. I wanna be loved
21. Love (me) with misery
22. Harbor lights
23. I cross my fingers
24. Time out for tears

CD 4
01. Only a moment ago
02. Fine fine daddy
03. Please send me someone to love
04. Ain't nobody'a business but my own
05. I'm so lonely I could cry
06. My heart cries for you
07. I apologize
08. I won't cry anymore
09. Don't say you're sorry anymore
10. Mixed emotion
11. Cold, cold heart
12. Baby did you hear
13. New blowtop blues
14. What's the matter with baby
15. Don't hold it's against me
16. Be fair to me
17. Just one more chance
18. Saturday night
19. If you don't think I'm leavin'
20. I'm a fool to want you
21. I'm crying
22. Out in the cold again
23. Hey, good looking

(*) Bonus Tracks, originally recorded for Keynote and later issued on Mercury.

CD 1, tracks #1-4: Gus Chappel's Orchestra
Chicago, January 14, 1946
CD 1, tracks #5-7: Gerald Wilson's Orchestra
Chicago, April 6, 1946
CD 1, tracks #8-10,23: Tab Smith's Orchestra
New York City, October 3, 1946
CD 1, tracks #11-12: Chubby Jackson's Orchestra
New York City, March 25 or April 15, 1947
CD 1, tracks #13-16: Dave Young's Orchestra
Chicago, August 5, 1947
CD 1, tracks #17-20: Rudy Martin Trio
Chicago, 1947
CD 1, tracks #21-22: Teddy Brannon Quartet
New York City, 1947
CD 1, tracks #24-27: Lionel Hampton Sextet
New York City, December 29, 1943

CD 2, tracks #1-2, same as CD 1 #21-22
CD 2, tracks #3-6: Rudy Martin trio
Chicago, November 13, 1947
CD 2, tracks #7-10: Dave Young's Orchestra
Chicago, 1947
CD 2, tracks #11-14: Cootie Williams Orchestra
New York City, December 1947
CD 2, track #15: Unknown band
New York City, July 1, 1947
CD 2, tracks #16-17: Unknown vocal group
New York City, June 3 & 8, 1948
CD 2, tracks #18-19: Mitch Miller
New York City, August 25, 1948
CD 2, tracks #20-21: Possibly Cootie Williams Orchestra
New York City, September-November, 1948
CD 2, track #22: Unknown orchestra
New York City, 1949
CD 2, track #23: Mitch Miller Orchestra
New York City, 1949

CD 3, tracks #1-7: Teddy Stewart's Orchestra
New York City, march 4, 1949
CD 3, track #8: Mitch Miller's Orchestra
New York City, 1949
CD 3, tracks #9-12: Teddy Stewart's Orchestra
New York City, September 27, 1949
CD 3, tracks #13: Teddy Stewart's Orchestra
New York City, February 7, 1950
CD 3, tracks #14-17: Teddy Stewart's Orchestra
New York City, February 27, 1950
CD 3, tracks #18-21: Teddy Stewart's Orchestra
New York City, May 9, 1950
CD 3, tracks #22-24: Jimmy Carroll's Orchestra
New York City, September 1, 1950

CD 4, track #1: Same as CD 3 #22-24
CD 4, tracks #2-5: Walter Buchanan's Orchestra
New York City, February 27, 1951
CD 4, tracks #6-9: Jimmy Carroll's Orchestra
New York City, September 24, 1951
CD 4, tracks #14-17: Ike Carpenter's Orchestra
Los Angeles, June 1, 1951
CD 4, tracks #18-21: Same as above
Los Angeles, June 2, 1951
CD 4, tracks #22-23: The Ravens
New York City, October 25, 1951

Complete personnel and recording dates detailed in the booklet

High Resolution · 24-Bit Edition


"A third-generation blues singer who matched the interpretive brilliance of Billie Holiday and the vocal sweetness of Ella Fitzgerald very early in her career, Dinah Washington needed precious little time to hone her art. While still a teenager, she recorded her first hit, "Evil Gal Blues," with Lionel Hampton's band, and was recording as a solo act by 1946. During the next five years she steadily broadened her interests past classic female blues to embrace swing, traditional pop, jive -- no jazz-based genre lay beyond her grasp. For vocal fans unwilling to expend the effort or cash required for Mercury's massive series The Complete Dinah Washington on Mercury (over 20 discs of issued sides and alternates), this four-disc set by The Jazz Factory will come as quite a relief. Covering 1946 through 1951, her first five years at Mercury (plus an early Keynote session from 1943 that grabs "Evil Gal Blues"), Complete 1943-1951 Mercury Master Takes covers some of the best material of her career, a period resulting in music that varied from Cootie Williams to Mitch Miller."

John Bush -All Music Guide


29,95 €  (tax incl.)

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