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Jazz vocalist Wanda Stafford first came to the attention of international listeners in 1961, releasing the well-regarded - but now devilishly hard to find - debut album In Love For The Very First Time on Roulette. Six years later, she found herself on RCA, delivering a bossa-nova-influenced soul-jazz 7" written and produced by bassist John Strickland. That record has become something of a must-have for soul-jazz collectors, and here gets a worthy reissue on Tramp Records. "Happy Sunday" is particularly good, with Stafford's evocative vocal seemingly soaring over Strickland's joyful arrangement, which puts Latin piano lines and bossa beats to the fore. Flipside "Blue Guitar", in which Strickland's double bass plays a more prominent role, is almost as good.
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