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Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith

Dinah Washington

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Gifted with a strong, beautiful voice and very precise phrasing, Dinah Washington translated Bessie Smith's irrepressible spirit and flair even better than Billie Holiday, Smith's most famous devotee. For her tribute album, Washington avoided Smith's best-known songs ("'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do," "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "Baby Won't You Please Come Home"). Instead, she wisely concentrated on the more defiant standards from "The Empress of the Blues," including "Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair," "Jailhouse Blues," and "You've Been a Good Ole Wagon." Washington sounds simply glorious, focused on alternating Smith's phrasing to emphasize her own gospel roots. The accompaniment, by Eddie Chamblee and His Orchestra, emphasizes the vaudeville and Dixieland sound of early-century blues, heavy on the slide trombone, growling trumpet, and skeletal, rickety percussion. Reissued several times (occasionally under the title The Bessie Smith Songbook), Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith charts a perfect balance between tribute and genuine artistic statement. A Verve master edition reissue added alternate takes of "Trombone Butter" and "Careless Love," plus three songs taken from a Newport performance later in 1958.
© John Bush /TiVo

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1
After You've Gone (Album Version)
00:03:37

Turner Layton, ComposerLyricist - Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Henry Creamer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Shad, Producer - Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

2
Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair (Album Version)
00:03:16

Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Fletcher Henderson, ComposerLyricist - Bob Shad, Producer - George Brooks, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra, Orchestra, Artist

℗ 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc.

3
Jailhouse Blues (Album Version)
00:03:12

Clarence Williams, ComposerLyricist - Bessie Smith, ComposerLyricist - Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Bob Shad, Producer - Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

4
Trombone Butter
00:03:34

George Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Fletcher Henderson, ComposerLyricist - Bob Shad, Producer - George Brooks, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra, Orchestra, Artist

℗ 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc.

5
You've Been A Good Old Wagon (Album Version)
00:04:08

Bessie Smith, ComposerLyricist - Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Bob Shad, Producer - Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra, Orchestra, Artist - Stuart Balcomb, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

6
Careless Love (Album Version)
00:03:35

Spencer Williams, ComposerLyricist - Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Chris Barber, Arranger, Work Arranger - Bob Shad, Producer - William Christopher Handy, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra, Orchestra, Artist - Martha Koenig, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc.

7
Backwater Blues
00:04:57

Bessie Smith, ComposerLyricist - Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Bob Shad, Producer - Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra, Orchestra, Artist

℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

8
If I Could Be With You One Hour Tonight (Album Version)
00:02:50

Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Henry Creamer, ComposerLyricist - Bob Shad, Producer - James P. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra, Orchestra, Artist

℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

9
Me And My Gin (Album Version)
00:03:11

J. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Bob Shad, Producer - Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

10
Fine Fat Daddy (Album Version)
00:03:20

Dinah Washington, MainArtist, ComposerLyricist - Bob Shad, Producer - Quincy Jones And His Orchestra, Orchestra

℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

11
Trombone Butter
00:03:37

George Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Fletcher Henderson, ComposerLyricist - George Brooks, ComposerLyricist

℗ 1957 UMG Recordings, Inc.

12
Careless Love
00:04:01

Spencer Williams, ComposerLyricist - Dinah Washington, MainArtist - Chris Barber, Arranger, Work Arranger - William Christopher Handy, ComposerLyricist - Eddie Chamblee & His Orchestra, Orchestra, Artist - Martha Koenig, ComposerLyricist

℗ 2002 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc.

13
Send Me To The 'Lectric Chair (Live (1958/Newport))
00:03:53

Paul West, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Dinah Washington, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Fletcher Henderson, ComposerLyricist - Melba Liston, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Shad, Producer - George Brooks, ComposerLyricist - Harold Ousley, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sahib Shihab, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

14
Me And My Gin (live version)
00:03:20

Paul West, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - J. Johnson, ComposerLyricist - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Dinah Washington, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Melba Liston, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Shad, Producer - Harold Ousley, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sahib Shihab, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

15
Back Water Blues (Live (1958/Newport))
00:04:37

Paul West, Double Bass, AssociatedPerformer - Bessie Smith, ComposerLyricist - Wynton Kelly, Piano, AssociatedPerformer - Blue Mitchell, Trumpet, AssociatedPerformer - Dinah Washington, Vocals, MainArtist, AssociatedPerformer - Melba Liston, Trombone, AssociatedPerformer - Max Roach, Drums, AssociatedPerformer - Bob Shad, Producer - Harold Ousley, Tenor Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer - Sahib Shihab, Baritone Saxophone, AssociatedPerformer

℗ 1958 UMG Recordings, Inc.

Album Description

Gifted with a strong, beautiful voice and very precise phrasing, Dinah Washington translated Bessie Smith's irrepressible spirit and flair even better than Billie Holiday, Smith's most famous devotee. For her tribute album, Washington avoided Smith's best-known songs ("'Tain't Nobody's Bizness If I Do," "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "Baby Won't You Please Come Home"). Instead, she wisely concentrated on the more defiant standards from "The Empress of the Blues," including "Send Me to the 'Lectric Chair," "Jailhouse Blues," and "You've Been a Good Ole Wagon." Washington sounds simply glorious, focused on alternating Smith's phrasing to emphasize her own gospel roots. The accompaniment, by Eddie Chamblee and His Orchestra, emphasizes the vaudeville and Dixieland sound of early-century blues, heavy on the slide trombone, growling trumpet, and skeletal, rickety percussion. Reissued several times (occasionally under the title The Bessie Smith Songbook), Dinah Washington Sings Bessie Smith charts a perfect balance between tribute and genuine artistic statement. A Verve master edition reissue added alternate takes of "Trombone Butter" and "Careless Love," plus three songs taken from a Newport performance later in 1958.
© John Bush /TiVo

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