Dinah Washington: You Don't Know What Love Is


You Don't Know What Love Is


Dinah Washington (vocals)


For Those In Love (EmArcy MG-36011)

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Dinah Washington (vocals), Clark Terry (trumpet), Jimmy Cleveland (trombone), Paul Quinichette (tenor sax), Cecil Payne (baritone sax), Barry Galbraith (guitar), Wynton Kelly (piano), Keter Betts (bass), Jimmy Cobb (drums).

Composed by Don Raye & Gene DePaul


Recorded: New York, March 15-17, 1955


Rating: 90/100 (learn more)

Though she tends to take a backseat to Lady Day and Sassy in most jazz criticism, it’s difficult to find anything to criticize on Dinah Washington’s 1955 session for Norman Granz. Washington’s delivery, while every bit as knowing as Holiday’s, emerges from a place of confidence and resilience rather than fragility and despair. Supported by Galbraith’s solo guitar work on the opening lines and thereafter by Quincy Jones’ arrangement of an all-star horn section, with a wonderful solo by Jimmy Cleveland, Dinah delivers a hopefully defiant interpretation of this Raye-DePaul standard, belying an undercurrent of raw emotion that tells the listener she knows exactly what love—and jazz—is.

Reviewer: Eric B. Olsen

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  • 1 Michael Bloom // Dec 22, 2007 at 03:28 PM
    In the pantheon of female jazz singers I'd put Dinah right at the top, next to Sarah Vaughan. She had it all going for her!