Cab Calloway & His Orchestra

1940

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With such soloists as trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie, Chu Berry on tenor and trombonist Tyree Glenn, along with a rhythm section that includes bassist Milt Hinton and drummer Cozy Cole, this was a particularly strong edition of the Cab Calloway Orchestra. There are six instrumentals among the 22 selections on this Classics CD (the ninth of 12 Calloway Complete sets) including Berry's famous version of "Ghost of a Chance" and a spot for Gillespie on "Bye Bye Blues," but nearly every performance has its interesting solos; most of the ones with short spots for Gillespie have rarely been reissued. Cab Calloway, who as usual is the main star, is in spirited form. The other highlights include "Hi-De-Ho Serenade," "Fifteen Minute Intermission," "Papa's in Bed with His Britches On" and "Are You Hep to the Jive?" It's recommended, as are all of the CD's in this important series.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 2:57
2 2:55
3 2:43
4 2:43
5 2:28
6 2:34
7 3:14
8 2:48
9 3:02
10 2:47
11 2:42
12 2:51
13 2:55
14 2:48
15 2:29
16 3:00
17 2:43
18 3:06
19 2:54
20 2:35
21 2:35
22 2:44
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