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Mellow Mama

  • 1. Mellow Mama Blues
    2. All or Nothing Blues
    3. Rich Man's Blues
    4. Chewin' Mama Blues
    5. Blues for a Day
    6. Wise Woman Blues
    7. My Voot Is Really Vout
    8. Pacific Coast Blues
    9. Beggin' Mama Blues
    10. Walking Blues
    11. No Voot, No Boot
    12. My Lovin' Papa
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 451

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert G. Koester; Steve Wagner
    EngineerPaul Underwood; Paul Underwood

    Personnel: Dinah Washington (vocals); Gene Porter (alto & baritone saxophones, clarinet); Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); Karl George (trumpet); Wilbert Baranco (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Charles Mingus (bass); Lee Young (drums).
    Recorded in Los Angeles, California between December 10 & 13, 1945. Includes liner notes by Dempsey J. Travis.
    This is part of Delmark's Apollo series.
    Personnel: Dinah Washington (vocals); Gene Porter (clarinet, alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Jewell L. Grant, Joe Grant (alto saxophone); Lucky Thompson (tenor saxophone); Karl George (trumpet); Wilbert Branco, Wilbert Barranco (piano); Milt Jackson (vibraphone); Leonidas Raymond "Lee" Young, Lee Young (drums).
    Recording information: Los Angeles, CA (12/10/1945-12/13/1945).
    The late Dinah Washington remains one of the greatest American song stylists ever. There are precious few singers whose work could transcend genre, who were comfortable in more than one or even several styles. Ray Charles and Bing Crosby are two that come to mind; Dinah Washington is another. MELLOW MAMA is Washington in her formative years, when she sang with jazz and early R&B bands in the late 1940s and early `50s. MELLOW isn't nearly as polished as her more famous recordings, but it's exciting to hear Washington's voice developing and her youthful, spunky delivery.

  • Critic Reviews
    Down Beat (7/92, p.47) - 4 Stars - Very Good - "..this would easily warrant the maximum rating if it had only been twice as long.."
    Musician (10/92, p.108) - "..a delight...should prove a bracing nightcap for those cloistered souls who somehow imagine that Madonna initiated an era of unprecedented sexual liberation.."
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