Takes Two to Tango

Takes Two to Tango

by Pearl Bailey


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Takes Two to Tango

Outspokenness and the art of the clever aside are essential components of the African-American performance tradition. Bessie Smith, Frankie "Half Pint" Jaxon, Louis Armstrong and Fats Waller each developed a distinctive manner of talking over the music as if to dispel the sort of pretensions that so often cluttered up conventional mainstream pop music. Pearl Bailey grew directly from this fine and candid tradition; she brought her own blend of classic African-American verism to the record-buying and theater-attending public during the 1940s, '50s and '60s. With Takes Two to Tango, Living Era examines the first nine years of Pearlie Mae's recording career, beginning with "Tess' Torch Song," recorded with Cootie Williams and his orchestra on January 6, 1944 and subsequently released on the Hit record label. Present in this dynamic ensemble were Cleanhead Vinson and Lockjaw Davis, as well as young pianist and musical genius Bud Powell. Out of her many Columbia recordings made with a band led by Mitchell Ayres, "Tired" and "I Ain't Talkin' (Though It's All Over Town)" stand out as two of her all-time greatest recorded performances. This invigorating compilation, which also includes Pearl Bailey's duets with Frank Sinatra, Hot Lips Page, and Moms Mabley, closes with "Vagabond Shoes," a rare example of her work with young Gil Evans in 1950 and several examples of this singer's magnificent collaborations with the great Don Redman and his orchestra. Her 1952 Coral recording of "Takes Two to Tango" should really be heard back to back with Lester Young's bizarre vocal rendition of the same tune.

Product Details

Release Date: 06/29/2004
Label: Asv Living Era
UPC: 0743625553123
catalogNumber: 5531

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Pearl Bailey   Primary Artist
Charioteers   Vocals
Frank Sinatra   Vocals
George Barnes   Guitar
Will Bradley   Trombone
Grey   Trombone
Bud Powell   Piano
Specs Powell   Drums
Charlie Shavers   Trumpet
Trigger Alpert   Double Bass
Billy Butterfield   Trumpet
Bobby Byrne   Trombone
Herman Chittison   Piano
Tyree Glenn   Trombone
Bob Haggart   Double Bass
Peanuts Hucko   Clarinet
Taft Jordan   Trumpet
Carl Kress   Guitar
Johnny Mince   Clarinet
Don Redman   Vocals
Stan Webb   Baritone Saxophone
George Duvivier   Double Bass
Emmett Berry   Trumpet
Johnny Blowers   Drums
Edward Burke   Trombone
Jimmy Crawford   Drums
Eddie de Verteuill   Baritone Saxophone
George Dorsey   Alto Saxophone
Art Drelinger   Tenor Saxophone
Morey Feld   Drums
Barry Galbraith   Guitar
Hall   Bass
Charlie Holmes   Alto Saxophone
Dick Jacobs   Alto Saxophone
Money Johnson   Trumpet
Norman Keenan   Bass
Bob Kitsis   Piano
Billy Kyle   Piano
Carl Lynch   Guitar
Moms Mabley   Vocals
Carmen Mastren   Guitar
Nuncio "Toots" Mondello   Tenor Saxophone
Tony Mottola   Guitar
Hot Lips Page   Vocals
Benny Payne   Piano
Carlton Powell   Double Bass
Art Ryerson   Guitar
Hymie Schertzer   Alto Saxophone
Terry Snyder   Drums
Bill Stegmeyer   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Leroy Taylor   Tenor Saxophone
Ray Tunia   Piano
Sid Weiss   Double Bass
Hy White   Guitar
Milt Yaner   Alto Saxophone
Lee Pope   Tenor Saxophone
Herman Alpert   Double Bass
Bernard Kaufman   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
George Stevenson   Trombone
George Treadwell   Trumpet
Bud Johnson   Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Lloyd Phillips   Piano
Remo Palmieri   Guitar
Ludwig Flato   Piano
Felix Giobbe   Double Bass
Bill Holcombe   Tenor Saxophone
Vess Payne   Drums
Tommy Moore   Guitar
Red Solomon   Trumpet
Wolfie Tannenbaum   Alto Saxophone
Bob Elden   Double Bass
Irving Kluger   Drums

Technical Credits

Jolson   Composer
Louis Jordan   Composer
Sy Oliver   Composer
W.C. Handy   Composer
Harold Arlen   Composer
Jerome Kern   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Sammy Cahn   Composer
Saul Chaplin   Composer
Con Conrad   Composer
Hal David   Composer
Duke Ellington   Composer
Oscar Hammerstein   Composer
Otto Harbach   Composer
Dick Jacobs   Composer
Jack Lawrence   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Marty Symes   Composer
James Van Heusen   Composer
Jack Yellen   Composer
Ian Grant   Composer
Peter Dempsey   Liner Notes
Mark Ranshaw   Artwork
Ted Koehler   Composer
Hoffman   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Dave Dreyer   Composer
Doris Fisher   Composer
Sammy Gallop   Composer
William Jerome   Composer
James V. Monaco   Composer
Dick Manning   Composer
David Saxon   Composer
Leon Carr   Composer
Ellis Walsh   Composer
Allan Roberts   Composer
Billy Rose   Composer
Alexander Hoffmann   Composer
Lionel Rand   Composer
Guy Hall   Composer
Henry Kleinkauf   Composer

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