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Swingin Miss D
Dinah Washington
Swingin Miss D
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
 
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21 track expanded reissue of the complete classic 1956 album The Swinging Miss D, which reunited the vocalist with the arranging talents of Mr. Q himself, Quincy Jones. As a bonus, all of the other tunes from the same ses...  more »

      
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All Artists: Dinah Washington
Title: Swingin Miss D
Members Wishing: 5
Total Copies: 0
Label: Polygram Records
Release Date: 9/22/1998
Album Type: Original recording remastered
Genres: Blues, Jazz, Pop, Broadway & Vocalists
Styles: Vocal Blues, Traditional Blues, Traditional Jazz & Ragtime, Vocal Jazz, Oldies, Vocal Pop, Traditional Vocal Pop
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaCD Credits: 1
Other Editions: Swingin Miss D
UPCs: 731455807424, 0731455807424

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Album Description
21 track expanded reissue of the complete classic 1956 album The Swinging Miss D, which reunited the vocalist with the arranging talents of Mr. Q himself, Quincy Jones. As a bonus, all of the other tunes from the same sessions (tracks 12 to 14), as well as seven Jazz standards from one of their 1955 dates have been added. Included here are Dinah's wonderful renditions of 'Blue Gardenia' and 'I'll Close My Eyes', both selected by Clint Eastwood for the soundtrack of his movie The Bridges of Madison County. Includes 12-page booklet. Essential Jazz Albums.

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CD Reviews

One of Her Best
A. Griffin | New York, NY United States | 02/28/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This CD was given a renaissance when Doubletree Hotels used 'Relax Max' in one of its commericals. When I heard Dinah insouciantly bend the word 'Reeelax' on TV, I knew there would be people under 60 all over the country surfing the 'net to find the source of that extraordinary voice. Dinah is cozily ensconced in Quincy Jones' cheeky arrangement and the result is the sophisticated sound the record companies stopped making decades ago.

But that's not all. Dinah's saucy 'Is You Is, or Is You Ain't, My Baby?' is a must have in the Miss D. canon. Tack on the rarely sung Ellington/Tizol standards 'Perdido' and 'Caravan', and you have one of Dinah's best CDs. (Though the lyrics for these last two are fatuous, the compositions and the performances overcome those flaws.) Highly recommended."
Mizz D--The Truly American Voice of Jazz and Blues
D. Davis | Southern CA | 09/14/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This Dinah Washington recording from 1957, produced by Quincy Jones (who helped Sarah Vaughan with the "Misty" album produced in France in 1958) is everything a Dinah Washington album should be: fiesty, swinging, bloozy, and unique. Dinah Washington (who died much too early--in 1963) is a truly American voice--what does that mean? There are no words to describe it. This is why you must listen. Dinah Washington must be an auditory experience. No words are descriptive enough to capture who she is or what she does. No other voice rings as loudly or as clearly as hers does; no other voice ever will. Her performances here are spectacular and swinging. "Perdido" and "Relax Max" are marvelous. Washington is in control of her music, yet the spirits soar so freely around her--this is what she captures. If you're new to Dinah Washington, then start with this one!"
Oh, how she swings!
literarylady | 04/17/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Dinah Washington has THE voice! She is so cool, and this album swings! Quincy Jones helped to produce this album, and his influence shows. The songs are familiar, but have her style and sass. I love her renditions of "Perdido," and "Makin' Whoopee," and "Relax Max" gets my fingers snapping. This album is perfect for your cozy cocktail and dinner parties; it puts everyone in a good mood. The CD box itself isn't shown here yet, but if it is the same version/release that I have, the production of the case is unique. It's a fold-over package with cool 50's design, and the pictures and liner notes are excellent."