Hi-De-Ho Man: 1930-1933

Hi-De-Ho Man: 1930-1933

by Cab Calloway
     
 

First, the mandatory disclaimer: This Cab Calloway review is not in any way, shape or form promoting or encouraging the use of marijuana. That said, marijuana is a subject that any serious musicologist -- whatever his/her feelings about the drug -- will have to address at some point because, quite frankly, it's a drug that a lot of great artists have written about.… See more details below

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First, the mandatory disclaimer: This Cab Calloway review is not in any way, shape or form promoting or encouraging the use of marijuana. That said, marijuana is a subject that any serious musicologist -- whatever his/her feelings about the drug -- will have to address at some point because, quite frankly, it's a drug that a lot of great artists have written about. Six decades before Dr. Dre called his first solo album The Chronic and Cypress Hill rapped about rolling blunts -- and 40 years before Bob Marley and his fellow reggae Rastafarians were claiming that the use of "ganja" was a sacrament -- Cab Calloway was the king of Depression-era marijuana songs. During the Great Depression, Calloway was as much of a counterculture icon as Snoop Doggy Dogg is today -- and The Hi-De-Ho Man: 1930-1933 takes a rewarding look at the swing/classic jazz singer's early output. Not everything on this CD is about marijuana; actually, less than half of the disc's 21 tracks are drug-related. But humorous, goofy tales of marijuana or cocaine use are the subject of classic jazz/early swing grooves like "Minnie the Moocher" (the original 1931 version), "Reefer Man," "Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day," and "Kickin' the Gong Around." And the zany Calloway is equally infectious on gems that have nothing to do with marijuana or any other drug, such as "Corinne Corinna," "St. James Infirmary," "I've Got the World on a String," and "Is That Religion" (a clever, humorous putdown of charlatans who use religion to exploit and take advantage of others). Anyone who is seeking an introduction to Calloway's early recordings can't go wrong with The Hi-De-Ho Man: 1930-1933.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
Label:
Jazz Legends
UPC:
0723724522220
catalogNumber:
2002

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Cab Calloway   Primary Artist,Vocals
Eddie Barefield   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone
Reuben Reeves   Trumpet
Doc Cheatham   Trumpet
Wendell Culley   Trumpet
R.Q. Dickerson   Trumpet
Arville Harris   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone
Leroy Maxey   Drums
Morgan   Bass
Benny Payne   Piano
Earres Prince   Piano
Edwin Swayzee   Trumpet
Priest Wheeler   Trumpet
Morris White   Banjo
Lammar Wright   Trumpet
Andrew Brown   Bass Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Walter "Foots" Thomas   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Baritone Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Thornton Blue   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone

Technical Credits

Irving Mills   Composer
Lew Brown   Composer
Bo Chatmon   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
J. Mayo Williams   Composer
Victor Young   Composer
Scott Yanow   Liner Notes
Maceo Pinkard   Composer
Frank Perkins   Composer
Chapman   Composer

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