Cab Calloway & His Orchestra

1931-1932

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The second of 12 Classics CDs that reissue all of Cab Calloway's recordings from 1930-42 has 23 performances that trace the singer's success during an 11-month period. He shows what he learned from his older sister Blanche on some of the songs, but on "You Rascal You," "Aw You Dawg" and "Kickin' the Gong Around," the singer could be mistaken for no one else but himself. There is a bit of surface noise on some of the tracks (sometimes sounding like a light rain) and even a skip on "Without Rhythm" but the wonderful music far outvalues the minor technical faults. Due to the solos of trumpeter Lammar Wright, clarinetist Arville Harris and the tenor of Walter Thomas, the tight ensembles and Calloway's exuberant (in the case of "Basin Street Blues," rather silly) singing, there are many memorable selections on this set. Highlights include "Bugle Call Rag," "Stardust," "Trickeration," "Kickin' the Gong Around," "Corrine Corinna," "The Scat Song" and "Dinah." This is very enjoyable and often-classic music that lets one know immediately why Cab Calloway was so popular during the 1930s.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:55
2 2:36
3 2:57
4 2:31
5 3:15
6 3:28
7 2:54
8 2:59
9 2:50
10 3:17
11 3:02
12 2:56
13 3:11
14 2:53
15 2:45
16
3:04
17 3:05
18 3:08
19 4:04
20 3:04
21 2:49
22 3:13
23 3:10
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