Cab Calloway & His Orchestra

1932-1934

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The Depression may have been at its height during the two years covered by this Classics CD (the fourth in their series of 12 complete Cab Calloway sets), but there was nothing depressed about Calloway's often-jubilant vocals, the playing of his vastly underrated orchestra or the infectious (and sometimes) crazy lyrics. Trumpeter Lammar Wright, clarinetist Eddie Barefield and Walter Thomas on tenor contribute some fine solos but the focus is very much on the leader's vocals and he is in peak form on such songs as "The Lady with the Fan," "Harlem Camp Meeting," "Kickin' the Gong Around," "'Long About Midnight" and "Margie" (even if "Chinese Rhythm" is rather absurd). This easily recommended set also has a remake of "Minnie the Moocher" and an all-star recording of "Doin' the New Lowdown" with The Mills Brothers and Don Redman's Orchestra.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1
feat: Cab Calloway
2:53
2 3:10
3
feat: Cab Calloway
2:47
4
feat: Cab Calloway
2:38
5
feat: Cab Calloway
3:17
6
feat: Cab Calloway
3:08
7
feat: Cab Calloway
3:26
8
feat: Cab Calloway
3:10
9
feat: Cab Calloway
3:37
10
feat: Cab Calloway
2:46
11
feat: Cab Calloway
3:24
12
feat: Cab Calloway
3:31
13
feat: Cab Calloway
3:08
14
feat: Cab Calloway
3:16
15
feat: Cab Calloway
3:05
16
feat: Cab Calloway
3:11
17
feat: Cab Calloway
3:11
18
feat: Cab Calloway
3:14
19
feat: Cab Calloway
3:08
20
feat: Cab Calloway
2:53
21
feat: Cab Calloway
2:48
22
feat: Cab Calloway
3:22
23
feat: Cab Calloway
3:25
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