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Monday, January 8, 2018

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

The Lady Is A Tramp
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 is "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.

"The Lady Is A Tramp" is actually from side 1. This LP is a better set, in my opinion, than what the Billboard reviewer thought of it. The updated jazz inspired arrangements make the tunes new again and The Art Van Damme Quintet creates a sparkling sound to back Stafford's vocals.

Almost Like Being In Love
A Foggy Day
The Lady Is A Tramp
Those 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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