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How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway
     

How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway

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by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
 

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's reputation as a pop star styled retro-jazz band has to be enhanced and authenticated by this homage to the leading commercial proponent of jump, jive, and wailing swing in the '30s and '40s, Cab Calloway. The band, with its solid horn section and half-crazed vocal cops channeled through the Hi-De-Ho Man by Scotty Morris is faithful to the core

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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's reputation as a pop star styled retro-jazz band has to be enhanced and authenticated by this homage to the leading commercial proponent of jump, jive, and wailing swing in the '30s and '40s, Cab Calloway. The band, with its solid horn section and half-crazed vocal cops channeled through the Hi-De-Ho Man by Scotty Morris is faithful to the core from the originals. Though the band does not do all of Calloway's big hits (missing are "Viper's Drag," "St. Louis Blues," and "Kickin' the Gong Around," among many others), their selection of tunes is a delightful mix of favorites and some zingers, all well done in the style that made Calloway both revered and in some circles reviled. His overly dramatic songs are avoided, and fun is the operative word for these tunes that still are good to hear. Among the true blue covers: the definitive shuffle "Calloway Boogie" with the animated vocals of Morris, the energetic and stoned "Reefer Man," the easy swinger "Hey Now" with the band's vocal choruses, and the Gene Krupa bompity bomp beat tacked onto "Tarzan of Harlem." There are two versions of the all-time classic "Minnie the Moocher," one laid-back featuring growl trumpet, the other in a quicker mode with rhythms rolling along. "The Jumpin' Jive" is pretty typical, a stomp-down rhythm identifies the title track, and a horse-drawn clippity clop beat steadies "The Old Man on the Mountain," with phrases inserted similar to "Comes Love." It's clear that the band has always enjoyed these tunes and this era of jazz, and now that they have a bit of success under their belts, their desire to do a tribute close to their hearts is fully realized. Perhaps their March 2009 showcase on Dancing with the Stars playing vintage throwback swing also prompted this excursion way back to the roots. Their first recording in five years, it would seem Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have career longevity in mind, and a tribute to Louis Jordan, Slim Gaillard, or a second volume of Calloway's tunes would also be in order for a future project. This recording comes easily recommended to their fans and early period jazz lovers.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/21/2009
Label:
Vanguard Records
UPC:
0015707992527
catalogNumber:
79925
Rank:
25548

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy   Primary Artist
Lee Callet   Track Performer
Bernie Dresel   Track Performer
Nick Lane   Track Performer
Ira Nepus   Track Performer
Tom Peterson   Track Performer
Lee Thornburg   Track Performer
Alex Henderson   Track Performer
Karl Hunter   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Group Member
Robbie Hioki   Track Performer
Andy Rowley   Baritone Saxophone,Vocals,Group Member
Scotty Morris   Guitar,Vocals,Group Member
Joshua Levy   Piano,Group Member
Dirk Shumaker   Vocals,Acoustic Bass,Group Member
Kurt Sodergren   Drums,Group Member
Glen "The Kid" Marhevka   Trumpet,Group Member
Brian Swartz   Track Performer
Anthony Bonsera   Track Performer
Jim Fox   Track Performer

Technical Credits

Cab Calloway   Composer
Andy Gibson   Composer
Irving Mills   Composer
Buck Ram   Composer
Andy Razaf   Composer
Rube Bloom   Composer
Dominic Camardella   Engineer
Jack Palmer   Composer
Tom Peterson   Arranger,Adaptation
Steve Roberts   Composer
Edwin Swayzee   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Elton Hill   Composer
Steve Genewick   Engineer
Big Bad Voodoo Daddy   Audio Production
J. Russel Robinson   Composer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Henry Nemo   Composer
Clarence Gaskill   Composer
Lupin Fein   Composer
Scotty Morris   Producer,Engineer,Audio Production
Joshua Levy   Arranger,Producer,Adaptation,Audio Production
Charlie Paakari   Engineer
Joe Hoover   Composer
Frank Frolba   Composer
Allen Leroy Gibson   Composer
George Brown   Composer
Joel Hoover   Composer
Elton Hill   Composer

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How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
dauschielover More than 1 year ago
This is a superb tribute to Cab Calloway. It will make you feel 9 ft tall when you're 4.5. You cannot listen to this CD without smiling. If you've heard "Minnie the Moocher", you've got to hear what happened to Smokey Joe. "Jumpin' Jive" takes me back to my childhood (no, I'm not THAT old..my Mom was cool). And the rest of the songs are just as fabulous. It will amaze you to listen to BBVD and realize how few members there are in this band. They sound like a much bigger band. And their talent is just awesome. I'm a huge fan. I could listen to this over and over again (and I have).
BKNY More than 1 year ago
Listened to this on a road trip. Made the hour go by really fast and almost pleasant. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy knows how to do Jazz so it is fun and enjoyable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago