Dinah Washington: Dinah Jams (1954) 1990

Dinah Jams 2 CD

Track list:

01. Lover, Come Back to Me
02. Alone Together
03. Summertime
04. Come Rain or Come Shine
05. No More
06. I’ve Got You Under My Skin
07. There Is No Greater Love
08. You Go to My Head
re-issue bonus tracks (*not on original LP)
09. Darn That Dream [*]
10. Crazy He Calls Me [*]
11. I’ll Remember April [*]


Dinah Washington – vocals
Clifford Brown – trumpet
Maynard Ferguson – trumpet
Clark Terry – trumpet
Herb Geller – alto sax
Harold Land – tenor sax
Richie Powell – piano
Junior Mance – piano
George Morrow – double bass
Keter Betts – double bass
Max Roach – drums

Recorded: live in front of a studio audience, Los Angeles; August 15, 1954
Released: 1954
Label: EmArcy
MG 36000
814 639 [1990, CD]

Producer: Bob Shand

Re-mastered in 1990

Dinah Jams 1 LP


Recorded at the start of Dinah Washington’s climb to fame, 1954’s Dinah Jams was taped live in front of a studio audience in Los Angeles.

While Washington is in top form throughout, effortlessly working her powerful, blues-based voice on both ballads and swingers, the cast of star soloists almost steals the show.

In addition to drummer Max Roach, trumpeter Clifford Brown, and other members of Brown and Roach’s band at the time — tenor saxophonist Harold Land, pianist Richie Powell, and bassist George Morrow — trumpeters Maynard Ferguson and Clark Terry, alto saxophonist Herb Geller, and pianist Junior Mance also contribute to the session.

Along with extended jams like “Lover Come Back to Me,” “You Go to My Head,” and “I’ll Remember April” — all including a round of solos — there are shorter ballad numbers such as “There Is No Greater Love” and “No More,” the last of which features excellent muted, obbligato work by Brown.

Other solo highlights include Land’s fine tenor solo on “Darn That Dream” and Geller’s alto statement on the disc’s stand-out Washington vocal, “Crazy.”

And even though she’s in the midst of these stellar soloists, Washington expertly works her supple voice throughout to remain the star attraction, even matching the insane, high-note solo blasts trumpeter Ferguson expectedly delivers.

A fine disc.

Newcomers, though, should start with more accessible and more vocal-centered Washington titles like The Swingin’ Miss D or The Fats Waller Songbook, both of which feature top arrangements by Quincy Jones.
~Stephen Cook[]