David Hajdu
July 16, 1993 AT 04:00 AM EDT

First Issue: The Dinah Washington Story

type
Music
Current Status
In Season
performer
Dinah Washington
Producers
Mercury Records
genre
Reissues, Pop, Jazz

We gave it an A-

As this two-CD collection of choice Washingtonia proves, the ”Queen of the Blues” was always first class (even before she was put on a 29-cent stamp). Wisely emphasizing the jazz-oriented material and small-band settings that best suited her cynically sophisticated style, The Dinah Washington Story is marred only by some really annoying surface noise (on the original source material).

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