Cab Calloway & His Orchestra

1940-1941

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Cab Calloway is in superior form throughout this CD (the tenth of 12 Calloway releases from the European Classics label), but it is often the short solos by his sidemen that attract one's interest, particularly those of trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and tenor Chu Berry. By the last ten numbers (including his feature "Jonah Joins the Cab"), trumpeter Jonah Jones had become a member of the powerful band which could rank at the top echelon of swing orchestras. Calloway is also heard near the peak of his powers, and the highlights of this fine set include Benny Carter's "Lonesome Nights" (one of six instrumentals among the 22 numbers), "A Chicken Ain't Nothin' but a Bird," "Ebony Silhouette," "Hep Cat's Love Song," and two versions of "St. James Infirmary."

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:52
2 2:54
3 3:01
4 2:54
5 3:17
6
3:26
7 2:52
8 3:12
9 3:24
10 3:12
11 3:05
12 2:48
13 3:05
14 2:35
15 3:07
16 2:58
17 3:05
18 2:41
19 2:43
20 3:20
21 2:46
22 3:07
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