Cab Calloway & His Orchestra

1932

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The third of 12 Cab Calloway CDs put out by Classics (which on a whole reissues the master takes of all of the popular singer's recordings from 1930-42) covers a busy six-month period. His big band (which tended to be greatly overshadowed) was actually quite excellent with good soloists in trumpeter Lammar Wright, clarinetist Eddie Barefield, Walter Thomas on tenor and pianist Bennie Payne, but of course Calloway was the main star. Highlights of this very enjoyable set include "Old Yazoo," "Reefer Man," "Old Man of the Mountain," "You Gotta Ho-De-Ho," "I've Got the World on a String," the bizarre "Dixie Doorway," "Beale Street Mama" and "The Man from Harlem." Many of the titles on this rewarding release had never been reissued before, making the Classics series a collection worth picking up in a hurry before they disappear.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:52
2 2:57
3 2:49
4 2:51
5 2:38
6 2:56
7 2:51
8 3:07
9 3:16
10 2:57
11 2:40
12 2:37
13 3:08
14 2:48
15 2:58
16 3:00
17 2:49
18 3:06
19 3:10
20 3:04
21 3:12
22 2:55
23 2:49
24 2:42
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