Anita O’Day / Cal Tjader – Time for 2

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Time for 2 is a 1962 album by Anita O’Day and Cal Tjader.

In another experiment, producer Creed Taylor teams O’Day with the alternately Latin and bop-grounded quartet of vibraphonist Cal Tjader — and he gets some amazing performances from this team. O’Day sounds as if she is delighted with Tjader’s polished Afro-Cuban grooves, gliding easily over the rhythms, toying with the tunes, transforming even a tune so locked into its trite time as “Mr. Sandman” into a stimulating excursion. Indeed, O’Day’s freewheeling phrasing becomes downright sexy on “That’s Your Red Wagon” and Dave Frishberg’s delicious parody of a spoiled honeybunch, “Peel Me a Grape.” Also, thanks to Taylor’s obsession with good engineering and tasteful applications of reverb, O’Day’s voice sounds much fuller and more attractive in his productions than on her Norman Granz-produced albums (Richard S. Ginell/AllMusic).

Track listing:
“Thanks for the Memory” (Ralph Rainger, Leo Robin) – 2:45
“It Shouldn’t Happen to a Dream” (Duke Ellington, Don George, Johnny Hodges) – 2:59
“Just in Time” (Betty Comden, Adolph Green, Jule Styne) – 2:47
“Under a Blanket of Blue” (Jerry Livingston, Al J. Neiburg, Marty Symes) – 2:22
“That’s Your Red Wagon” (Gene De Paul, Richard M. Jones, Don Raye) – 2:49
“Peel Me a Grape” (Dave Frishberg) – 3:03
“An Occasional Man” (Ralph Blane, Hugh Martin) – 2:27
“The Party’s Over” (Comden, Green, Styne) – 2:20
“I Believe in You” (Frank Loesser) – 2:23
“Mr. Sandman” (Pat Ballard) – 1:55
“Spring Will Be a Little Late This Year” (Loesser) – 3:24
“I’m Not Supposed to Be Blue Blues” (Bob Russell) – 2:23

Anita O’Day – vocals
Cal Tjader – vibraphone
Bob Corwin, Lonnie Hewitt – piano
Freddy Schreiber – double bass
Wilfredo “Changuito” Vicente – congas
Johnny Rae – drums

Released: 1962
Recorded: February 26–28, 1962, RCA Studios, Los Angeles, California[1]
Length: 31:37
Label: Verve V6-8472[2]
Producer: Creed Taylor