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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Once Over Lightly - Jo Stafford With The Art Van Damme Quintet

These Foolish Things
Once Over Lightly
Jo Stafford
Art Van Damme Quintet
Columbia CL 968
1957

From Billboard - March 30, 1957: Miss Stafford and the Quintet deliver a dozen standards in a moderately strong pop entry. Newest item in the collection in "Autumn Leaves" which goes back to 1947, Gershwin Rodgers-Hart and Mercer are represented, with the emphasis on Gershwin ("Nice Work If You Can Get It," "But Not For Me," etc.). Could attract Stafford fans and the older young-married group for whom many of these tunes evoke memories. Demonstrate, "The Lady Is A Tramp" on side 2.

From the back cover: Art Van Damme began his professional career in 1938 when he organized a trio; as the years passed, the group became a quartet and finally a quintet, which was more pliable to his rich fund of ideas. His accordion playing has been hailed with unrestrained enthusiasm by jazz critics, and the voicing of the Quintet have received equal praise from both those critics and the general public. Although the Quintet infrequently appears with a vocalist, there is evidence in this collection that in Jo Stafford they have found a congenial and gifted confederate.

Almost Like Being In Love
A Foggy Day
The Lady Is A Tramp
These Foolish Things
Mine
The Gypsy In My Soul
Autumn Leaves
You're Mine, You
Nice Work If You Can Get It
My Old Flame
But Not For Me
One For My Baby

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