1946-1950

Hot Lips Page

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1946-1950 Review

by Scott Yanow

The bebop era may have been raging during the period covered by this CD, but trumpeter-singer Hot Lips Page stuck to his swing/Dixieland/blues style. Although commercial success would largely elude him, Page is heard in prime form on the 23 formerly rare performances included on this valuable CD. Other than one cut from 1946, the music is from 1947 and 1949-1950. Page (whose voice had become a bit raspier through the years) digs into four instrumentals and four vocals with a medium-size group in 1947; four of the titles were previously unreleased. He is also heard with slightly later combos, on two numbers with strings and a choir, and on a very successful four-song session in which he interacts vocally with Pearl Bailey; their version of "Baby, It's Cold Outside" is classic. Other highlights include "St. James Infirmary," "Fat Stuff," "Don't Tell a Man About His Woman," "The Hucklebuck," and "Ain't No Flies on Me." Recommended.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 Hot Lips Page feat: Hot Lips Page & His Band 02:37 Amazon
2 Hot Lips Page 02:49 Amazon
3 Hot Lips Page 02:39 Amazon
4 Hot Lips Page 03:15 Amazon
5 Hot Lips Page 02:44 Amazon
6 Hot Lips Page 02:29 Amazon
7 Hot Lips Page 03:02 Amazon
8 Hot Lips Page 02:24 Amazon
9 Hot Lips Page 02:45 Amazon
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Hot Lips Page 02:32 Amazon
11 Hot Lips Page 03:11 Amazon
12 Hot Lips Page 03:13 Amazon
13 Hot Lips Page 02:56 Amazon
14 Hot Lips Page feat: Pearl Bailey 03:01 Amazon
15 Hot Lips Page feat: Pearl Bailey 03:12 Amazon
16 Hot Lips Page feat: Pearl Bailey 02:24 Amazon
17 Hot Lips Page feat: Pearl Bailey 03:01 Amazon
18 Hot Lips Page 03:07 Amazon
19 Hot Lips Page 02:57 Amazon
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Hot Lips Page 02:54 Amazon
21 Hot Lips Page 03:19 Amazon
22 Hot Lips Page 02:45 Amazon
23 Hot Lips Page 03:10 Amazon
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