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Two at a Time

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Irreverent songwriters, expert instrumentalists, former street-performers, and consummate showmen, The Two Man Gentlemen Band has been barnstorming from coast to coast for half a decade, developing a reputation as a must-see live act on the roots and retro music circuits.  A tenor guitar and string bass duo in the tradition of the great Slim and Slam, The Gents have obvious affection for pre-war American Jazz and Western Swing.  But they re no period piece.  The decidedly contemporary feel of their lyrics and the hilarious, often ridiculous, improvised banter that peppers their live shows combine with the music for a thoroughly modern ruckus.   It s as if, one reviewer commented, The Smothers Brothers were young today, wore better suits, and wrote hot jazz songs about drinking.   To The Gentlemen, that sounds about right.
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Product Details

  • Audio CD (May 1, 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: Bean-Tone Records
  • ASIN: B007VJ8GUE
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #200,888 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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I first discovered Andy (guitar) and Fuller (upright bass) at the International Folk Alliance in 2011 and was quickly drawn to their quirky live show of what THEY call "retro-style" music. They refer to it as "pre-war" but I guess that now means "before the Vietnam War" well as World War II since their style of dress and mannerisms are what is now called the "Mad Men" age (early to mid 1950s). But the music style reflects the swing jazz styles of Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway, though these guys are a singing duo.

I really enjoyed their 2010 album - Dos Amigos, Una Fiesta - but have yet to hear their 2011 release ("Drip Dryin'"). This new one is a lot of fun though. The stripped down production - no overdubs and edits and mixed in MONO! - are appropriate to the period they are trying to emulate, and their originals blend nicely with the two "cover" songs: `Let's Get Happy Together" and "Shut The Gate" (the latter with a western swing beat).

The Two Gentlemen seem to have food on their minds with at least three songs about food, including the great lead off track," Pork Chops". And swimming (and pretty girls in bikinis) gets just as many songs with "Pool Party", "Poolside" and "Panama City Beach".

"Prescription Drugs" is fun the first time through but doesn't hold up on repeat listening. Must be popular in their live shows though.

So, despite a few tracks that are less than all those on the 2010 disk, I still like the album a lot. Check out some samples, you probably will too.

I hope you found this review both informative and helpful.

Steve Ramm
"Anything Phonographic"
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This may look like a reissue from some small label slapped together on a college campus in the e50s, and thatfs what itfs supposed to look and sound like. One reviewer hit the nail on the head when he said gItfs as if the Smothers Brothers were young today, wore better suits, and wrote hot jazz songs about drinking.h Only half tongue in cheek, they really arenft a retro bandcwell, yes they are with Brylcreem in their hair and the white suits and string ties. With songs like gTwo Star Motelh and gPool Partyh itfs not hard to figure out what they have in mind. With drink in hand, the duo of tenor guitarist Andy Bean and string bassist Fuller Condon write and perform humorous tunes that pay tribute to that swinging lifestyle of 1950s Palm Springs, Palm Beach or anywhere there were girls in floral print dresses and rhinestone horn-rimmed sunglasses. These two guys should be sitting in the back of a e59 Cadillac El Dorado convertible with a cocktail shaker and a ukulele.

They are expert instrumentalists, former street-performers, and consummate showmen. They update and modernize the Slim and Slam persona with their novelty jazz/roots/blues/back-alley hokum music. And it feels good. Itfs Jimmy Buffett meets Leon Redbone and Charlie Christian brought his guitar while Louis Jordan provided the drinks and a suitcase full of songs. The lyrics are decidedly silly and the banter is hilarious.

This one hit the street on May 1 when it tumbled out of a cardboard suitcase, tied together with twine. Recorded, designed, and packaged without any computers or digital technology, available on CD, download, and limited edition 12 vinyl. Only 400 vinyl LPs were pressed and half of them are already gone, so get eem while you can! Everythingfs available in the Two Man Gentlemen Band Store.

Usher in the summer with this fun, retro album. Itfs a blast.

The Dirty Lowdown
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The two gentlemen in question, Andy Bean on four-string electric tenor guitar and Fuller Condon on upright bass, hark back to the same era of swing that fueled Dave and Deke, Big Sandy and others of the West Coast revival. The Gentlemen are influenced by jazz and country, but with a bon vivant humor that has them worrying about watery drinks, luring females into bathing suits with a pool party, and upgrading to two-star accommodations. They don't employ the hipster lingo of Louis Prima or Slim & Slam (though their riffing on "Tikka Masala" is a clever update of "Cement Mixer (Puti Puti)"), but still evoke a similar mood of high jive. Bean has an old-timey sound to his voice, and borrows guitar stylings from gypsy jazz, western swing and other pre-war delights; Condon's bottom end is both melodic and percussive, adding a second instrumental voice and keeping dancers on the swinging beat. Laid down on monaural tape with vintage microphones and no digital processing, the recording holds the vitality of performance, rather than the precision of multi-track construction, complete with imperfections and even bits of tape hiss. Mostly, though, it holds the energy and nostalgia-tinged verve of two talented and well-read musicians. [©2012 Hyperbolium]
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