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Jo + Jazz

Jo Stafford

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Album Review

The closest Stafford ever came to being a jazz singer. This early '60s release had instrumental touches and a jazz tone, and Stafford sang with more energy and less gimmickry.

Customer Reviews

Jo + Jazz = Magic

The above review damns with faint praise. In fact, this record is a masterpiece. Ray Charles called Jo Stafford one of America's finest singers, and this record is perhaps her greatest achievement. She's accompanied on it by the best: Ben Webster, Johnny Hodges, Ray Nance, Jimmy Rowles, among others. And the song choice is exquisite. It's a record that bears almost endless relistening as one after another of these performances gradually sinks into the consciousness. Get it and you won't regret it.

As good as Ella

This is a really outstanding record in which the great singer Jo Stafford got together with some great jazz mucisians and makes magic! I love every cut. The singer and the musicians are all performing at their best. This is art. She and they make magic with "The Folks Who Live on the Hill," "Imagination", and especially, "You'd Be So Nice to Come Home To." (If you pressed me, I might say that this is the best version I've ever heard of this particular standard.) If you love well sung, but not indulgent singing and great playing, buy this!

Thank you previous reviewers

I am creating a 500 song collection all genres from 1934 to 1964 and was looking to add Jo Stafford into my collection. I read the previous reviewer's reviews and then listened in. I think they were spot on. These are the Jo Stafford tracks to pick up if you are on a quest similar to mine. This music is pure art.

Biography

Born: November 12, 1917 in Coalinga, CA

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '30s, '40s, '50s, '60s, '70s

One of the most technically gifted and popular vocalists of the immediate postwar period, Jo Stafford effortlessly walked the line between breezy pop and the more serious art of post-big-band jazz singing. With the help of her husband, top-flight arranger and Capitol A&R director Paul Weston, Stafford recorded throughout the '40s and '50s for Capitol and Columbia. She also contributed (with Weston) to one of the...
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