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Essential Albums at the Intersection of Jazz and Soul

Rhythm & blues & swing & …

Oscar Brown Jr.
Aretha Franklin
Dinah Washington

Dinah Washington
What a Diff’rence a Day Makes!
(Mercury, 1959)

A game-changer for this amazing singer who was already working sublimely between jazz and blues, this LP arrived with a noticeable pop sheen, thanks to Belford Hendricks’ savvy arrangements. Washington’s rendition of the title track set a new standard, and her covers of “I Thought About You” and “Cry Me a River” are equally potent. As a whole, the album helped pave the way for soul-jazz singing.

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