CD Tea for Two Cha Chas * (CD 6300396),
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Tea for Two Cha Chas *

  • 1. Tea For Two Cha Cha
    2. Por Favor [Please]
    3. Patricia
    4. I Still Get Jealous [Cha Cha]
    5. Corazon De Melon
    6. Dardanella [Cha Cha]
    7. Rico Vacilon
    8. I Want To Be Happy Cha Cha
    9. Together 1-2-3
    10. Trumpet Cha Cha Cha
    11. Dinah [Cha Cha]
    12. Cha Cha For Gia
    13. Tea For Two Cha Cha No. 2
    14. Occasional Man, An
    15. Santa Isabel De Las Lajas
    16. Dream
    17. Everybody's Cha Cha
    18. Santiago De Cuba
    19. Sweet and Gentle [Me Lo Dijo Adela]
    20. Nunca
    21. Don't Worry 'Bout Me
    22. Silencio
    23. Sheik of Araby [Cha Cha], The
    24. Esto Es Felicidad
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 1142

  • Credits

    Personnel: Rolf Khn (clarinet, alto saxophone); Joe Lopes (alto saxophone); Lester Perry (tenor saxophone); Gene Allen (baritone saxophone); Paul A. Perman Jr. , Robert Tillotson , John Frosk (trumpet); Lawrence J. Boyle , David J. Ecker (trombone); Hal Turner (piano); Teddy Sommer (drums).
    Audio Remasterer: Robin Cherry.
    Liner Note Author: Christopher Popa.
    Recording information: New York, NY (04/23/1958); New York, NY (09/03/1958); New York, NY (09/22/1959); New York, NY (10/13/1959); New York, NY (10/14/1959); New York, NY (10/15/1959); New York, NY (11/17/1958); New York, NY (11/18/1958).
    Director: Warren Covington.
    After Tommy Dorsey passed away in November 1956, trombonist Warren Covington assumed leadership of the Dorsey band, and continued making records for Decca on the LP format. Dorsey's final releases were the long-playing Decca albums In a Sentimental Mood and a sampling of musical comedy hits by Howard Dietz and Arthur Schwartz. Tea for Two Cha Chas, which was Covington's first essay at the helm of the Dorsey group, outsold the earlier albums and achieved enormous popularity as the best-selling Dorsey LP of them all. While this may seem at first like a suspiciously kitschy attempt to cash in on the Caribbean dance trend instigated by Xavier Cugat, Desi Arnaz, and Edmundo Ros, it is clear why the record-buying public responded so well, as the easygoing arrangements and a playlist peppered with familiar airs like "Dinah" and "Dardanella" made it ideal background music for patio barbecues and cocktail parties across the land. Even if the rather stilted vocals on "I Want to Be Happy Cha Cha" sound slightly demented, "Tea for Two Cha Chas" is a fabulous period piece which should be championed as essential equipment for any retro-cocktail gathering. Sepia's zesty reissue of this important, campy cultural artifact adds another dozen tracks from Covington's 1960 follow-up LP, More Tea for Two Cha Chas, which is distinguished by the inclusion of "An Occasional Man," immortalized one year later by sultry Julie London on her Liberty album "Whatever Julie Wants." Covington's concession to current developments in pop culture is evidenced by the addition of a twangy electric guitar on "Tea for Two Cha Cha No. 2." ~ arwulf arwulf

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