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After Hours With Miss D

VERVE 07605622



Dinah Washington ( vocal ) with collective personnel :
Clark Terry ( trumpet ); Gus Chappell ( trombone ); Rick Henderson ( alto saxophone ); Eddie Chamblee, Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis, Paul Quinichette ( tenor saxophone ); Clarence "Sleepy" Anderson, Junior Mance ( piano); Jackie Davis ( organ ); Keter Betts ( bass ); Candido Camero ( conga ); Ed Thigpen ( drums ).

Recorded June 1953 in Chicago and February and June 1954 in New York.

1. Blue Skies
2. Bye Bye Blues
3. Am I Blue?
4. Our Love Is Here To Stay
5. A Foggy Day
6. I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart
7. Pennies From Heaven
8. Love For Sale
9. Blue Skies - unedited version

Dinah Washington was one of those rare singers who's popularity crossed many different categories. Essentially a jazz singer with strong blues and gospel roots, she nevertheless managed to have several hits in the popular field with recordings such as "September In The Rain". This disc is a fine example of her jazz credibility.

The personnel is as good as one could find for a mainstream session at this point in time. The soloists are superb with Clark Terry and Eddie "Lockjaw" Davis being outstanding. If anyone needs convincing of this then I would recommend they listen to "Bye Bye Blues" which is taken at one of those seemingly impossibly ambitious tempos which singers sometimes attempt and yet is completely successful and even manages to sound under control for the majority of the track ! Of particular interest on this track is the drumming of Ed Thigpen - he manages to hold the tempo just by ticking on the bell of his hi-hat - it is no wonder that he was the chosen kit player of the great Oscar Peterson for so many years.

With the vast quantity of reissues by the classic vocalists it is sometimes difficult to say that one is an essential, however, I would wholeheartedly urge anyone to give this disc a try. The featured artist is on her best form and much of the accompaniment can only be classed as inspired, bringing a feeling of joy to many of the selections.

Dick Stafford

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