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Tease! The Beat of Burlesque
"Tease! The Beat of Burlesque"
Various Artists
Verve, 2005

     Bump-and-grind music is always a welcome addition to a bachelor's hi-fi...whether it's there to hopefully give a girl ideas or to help recall some burlesque cutie whose twirling pasties are the things dreams are made of. Tease! The Beat of Burlesque is a new collection of old striptease standards, honking sax R&B, and down-and-dirty roadhouse swinging blues that is sure to make things heat up a little. This is not your standard space-age bachelor pad music (as seen with Take It Off!: Strip Tease Classics), but rather a selection that really gives the sweat-soaked, late-night feel of an old-time grindhouse (like the Las Vegas Grind series.)
     Of course there's David Rose's "The Stripper" and a version of "Harlem Nocturne," but the rest of the selections are welcomed surprises in this era of re-hashed retro tunes. There's are a couple of soulful selections from The Creed Taylor Orchestra: "The Nervous Beat" and the old standard "St. James Infirmary." There's also the nice crime-jazz inspired tune "Toots Shor's Blues" from noted film composer Elmer Bernstein. All in all, the choices for this compilation are top notch...and it's not surprising since the guy who selected the tunes is none other than modern-day swankster Joey Altruda
     If there is one thing going against this album it is the real lack of liner notes. There's just the tiniest bit of info on each recording, but no real details on who the musicians where. With a collection like this, you really need an essay akin to what Capitol Record's Ultra-Lounge series had. That being said, the burlesque dancers featured in the booklet are very easy on the eyes.
     If Tease! The Beat of Burlesque can inspire just one pretty gal to put on pasties and a g-string, then it's done it job. And it will have made the world a better place!

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