This Is Hep

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All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In addition to possibly qualifying as the most neatly decorated of all Proper Boxes, This Is Hep wins high marks for being one of the biggest and best Cab Calloway collections ever assembled. With four CDs to fill and a considerably huge body of work to choose from, the folks at Proper covered many of the essentials by roping in highlights dating from a 19-year segment of his long and eventful career. Young Calloway's certifiably hot tracks include triumphs of artful rowdiness like "Bugle Call Rag," "St. Louis Blues," the famous "Scat Song," and a wild version of "Nagasaki," which features the extroverted vocalist at his most dazzling. The second category to consider, if ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Arwulf Arwulf
In addition to possibly qualifying as the most neatly decorated of all Proper Boxes, This Is Hep wins high marks for being one of the biggest and best Cab Calloway collections ever assembled. With four CDs to fill and a considerably huge body of work to choose from, the folks at Proper covered many of the essentials by roping in highlights dating from a 19-year segment of his long and eventful career. Young Calloway's certifiably hot tracks include triumphs of artful rowdiness like "Bugle Call Rag," "St. Louis Blues," the famous "Scat Song," and a wild version of "Nagasaki," which features the extroverted vocalist at his most dazzling. The second category to consider, if we are to make organized sense of this nutty grab bag of swinging entertainments, would be songs with markedly topical content, like "The Jungle King," "Everybody Eats When They Come to My House," and "A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird." Calloway does delightfully weird things with his voice during "Chinese Rhythm," and although his bizarre chattering is funny, one cannot ignore the fact that he's making a mockery of a language spoken by fully one-fifth of the world's population. A similarly entertaining if potentially insulting example of lampooned ethnicity is "Chinatown, My Chinatown" recorded by Slim Gaillard and Slam Stewart in 1938. Calloway attracted lots of attention in the early '30s by singing about uncontrollable controlled substances. Two of the best of his dope tunes are "Reefer Man" and "The Man from Harlem." With the "Calloway Boogie," "Jumpin' Jive," and "Hey Now, Hey Now," Calloway helped to establish a trend in jump music. This category would also include Joe Liggins' "The Honeydripper" and Buster Harding's "I Want to Rock," with bouncing backup by a vocal harmony group billed as the Cabaliers. Calloway was a master balladeer, capable of belting out a story line in hues and dimensions as vivid and grandiose as a Technicolor Hollywood drama screened in Cinemascope. In addition to his best known-song, "Minnie the Moocher" and its lurid sequel "Kickin' the Gong Around" which contains a blunt reference to heroin addiction, Calloway's ballad stash on this set includes the operatically tragic "San Francisco Fan," the melodramatic "My Gal," "Geechee Joe," and a strong reading of "Blues in the Night." The voices backing Cab on the disarmingly sweet "I'll Be Around" are once again identifiable as the Cabaliers. A special category for Calloway classics would include his world-famous take on "St. James Infirmary," the full voice splendor of "The Hi De Ho Man That's Me," and two excellent nonsense numbers, "Hoy Hoy" and "Zaz Zuh Zaz," a creative variant on the "Minnie the Moocher" call-and-response formula. This category would also contain the smoothly elegant "Two Blocks Down, Turn to the Left" and a salute to tired musicians everywhere, "Fifteen Minute Intermission." Speaking of instrumentalists, the sixth and in some ways most musically significant category in any Calloway collection would consist of records without vocals which feature his finest players. Getting this bandleader to agree to make instrumental records at all appears to have been somewhat of a challenge, as he openly professed mystification as to why anyone would buy a Cab Calloway record without his voice on it. Most of the important instrumentals cut by his orchestra are included in this set. Dizzy Gillespie is featured on his own "Pickin' the Cabbage"; Milt Hinton is the star of "Pluckin' the Bass," and Jonah Jones is spotlit during "Jonah Joins the Cab." Alto saxophonist Hilton Jefferson plays pretty on "Willow Weep for Me" and tenor man Chu Berry interprets "A Ghost of a Chance," while "Paradiddle" and "Ratamacue" showcase flashy drummer Cozy Cole. Given the excellent packaging, remastering, selection, discography, and liner notes, Proper's This Is Hep is highly recommended. Only the JSP label has made a more thorough and comprehensive job of it, and that required eight CDs spread across two box sets. Proper's slim-line set works well as both introduction and tribute.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/22/2008
  • Label: Proper Box Uk
  • UPC: 805520021418
  • Catalog Number: 141
  • Sales rank: 83,216

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Gotta Darn Good Reason Now (For Bein' Good) (3:19)
  2. 2 St. Louis Blues (2:58)
  3. 3 Is That Religion? (2:54)
  4. 4 Some of These Days (2:57)
  5. 5 Nobody's Sweetheart (3:18)
  6. 6 St. James Infirmary (3:04)
  7. 7 Minnie the Moocher (3:13)
  8. 8 Doin' the Rumba (2:57)
  9. 9 Black Rhythm (3:17)
  10. 10 Six or Seven Times (3:27)
  11. 11 Sweet Georgia Brown (2:33)
  12. 12 Bugle Call Rag (2:32)
  13. 13 You Rascal You (3:15)
  14. 14 Somebody Stole My Gal (2:50)
  15. 15 Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea (3:04)
  16. 16 Trickeration (2:54)
  17. 17 Kickin' the Gong Around (3:13)
  18. 18 The Scat Song (3:07)
  19. 19 Cabin in the Cotton (4:02)
  20. 20 Strictly Cullud Affair (3:03)
  21. 21 Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day (3:07)
  22. 22 How Come You Do Me Like You Do? (2:51)
  23. 23 Reefer Man (2:54)
  24. 24 Hot Toddy (2:39)
  25. 25 I've Got the World on a String (3:06)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Beale Street Mama (3:06)
  2. 2 The Man from Harlem (3:02)
  3. 3 I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues (3:11)
  4. 4 Evenin' (2:45)
  5. 5 Little Town Gal (3:13)
  6. 6 The Lady with the Fan (3:17)
  7. 7 Harlem Camp Meeting (3:06)
  8. 8 Zah Zuh Zaz (3:25)
  9. 9 'Long About Midnight (3:04)
  10. 10 Moonglow (3:10)
  11. 11 Jitter Bug (3:09)
  12. 12 Margie (3:07)
  13. 13 Chinese Rhythm (2:44)
  14. 14 Keep That Hi-De-Hi in Your Soul (2:58)
  15. 15 I Ain't Got Nobody (3:04)
  16. 16 Nagasaki (2:59)
  17. 17 Baby, Won't You Please Come Home? (3:16)
  18. 18 You're the Cure for What Ails Me (3:05)
  19. 19 Copper Colored Gal (2:46)
  20. 20 The Wedding of Mr and Mrs Swing (3:21)
  21. 21 Peckin' (2:58)
  22. 22 Congo (2:36)
  23. 23 Swing, Swing, Swing (2:41)
  24. 24 Wake Up and Live (2:30)
  25. 25 Moon at Sea (2:57)
  26. 26 I'm Always in the Mood for You (2:54)
Disc 3
  1. 1 She's Tall, She's Tan, She's Terrific (2:34)
  2. 2 Mama, I Wanna Make Rhythm (3:02)
  3. 3 Queen Isabella (2:45)
  4. 4 Savage Rhythm (2:34)
  5. 5 Every Day's a Holiday (2:25)
  6. 6 Rustle of Swing (3:00)
  7. 7 Three Swings and Out (2:15)
  8. 8 Skrontch (2:52)
  9. 9 At the Clambake Carnival (2:29)
  10. 10 Hoy Hoy (2:50)
  11. 11 The Boogie Woogie (2:38)
  12. 12 Mister Paganini, Swing for Minnie (2:52)
  13. 13 Jive (Page One of the Hepster's Dictionary) (2:57)
  14. 14 Do You Wanna Jump, Children? (2:24)
  15. 15 Blue Interlude (2:37)
  16. 16 F.D.R. Jones (2:22)
  17. 17 Angels with Dirty Faces (2:57)
  18. 18 Ratamacue (2:26)
  19. 19 The Ghost of Smokey Joe (2:48)
  20. 20 The Jumpin' Jive (2:50)
  21. 21 For the Last Time I Cried Over You (2:51)
  22. 22 Pluckin' the Bass (2:43)
  23. 23 Chili Con Conga (3:01)
  24. 24 Vuelva (2:54)
  25. 25 Pickin' the Cabbage (2:48)
  26. 26 Paradiddle (2:58)
  27. 27 Calling All Bars (2:46)
  28. 28 The Lone Arranger (2:32)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Fifteen Minute Intermission (2:54)
  2. 2 Rhapsody in Rhumba (2:48)
  3. 3 Come on with the "Come On" (2:56)
  4. 4 A Ghost of a Chance (3:00)
  5. 5 Bye Bye Blues (2:52)
  6. 6 A Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird (2:53)
  7. 7 Willow Weep for Me (3:23)
  8. 8 Jonah Joins the Cab (2:34)
  9. 9 Geechy Joe (3:07)
  10. 10 My Gal (2:43)
  11. 11 St. James Infirmary (3:20)
  12. 12 Hey Doc! (3:20)
  13. 13 Blues in the Night (3:10)
  14. 14 I Want to Rock (2:50)
  15. 15 I'll Be Around (3:06)
  16. 16 The Honeydripper (2:57)
  17. 17 Hey Now, Hey Now (2:56)
  18. 18 The Hi-De-Ho Man (That's Me) (3:02)
  19. 19 Oh Grandpa! (3:04)
  20. 20 The Jungle King (3:17)
  21. 21 Two Blocks Down Turn Left (3:14)
  22. 22 San Francisco Fan (3:22)
  23. 23 The Calloway Boogie (3:04)
  24. 24 Everybody Eats When They Come to My House (2:47)
  25. 25 I Beeped When I Shoulda Bopped (2:39)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Cab Calloway Primary Artist, Leader, Vocals
Danny Barker Guitar
Chu Berry Tenor Saxophone
Dizzy Gillespie Trumpet
Jonah Jones Trumpet, Vibes
Ike Quebec Tenor Saxophone
Ben Webster Tenor Saxophone
Eddie Barefield Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Cozy Cole Drums
Tyree Glenn Trombone, Vocals, Vibes
Reuben Reeves Trumpet
John Letman Trumpet
Sam "The Man" Taylor Trumpet, Tenor Saxophone
Quentin Jackson Trombone
Mario Bauzá Trumpet
Jerry Blake Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
William Thornton Blue Clarinet, Alto Saxophone
Garvin Bushell Clarinet, Bassoon, Alto Saxophone
Doc Cheatham Trumpet
Shad Collins Trumpet
Wendell Culley Trumpet
R.Q. Dickerson Trumpet
Bob Dorsey Alto Saxophone
Panama Francis Drums
Charles Frazier Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Al Gibson Tenor Saxophone
Earl Hardy Trombone
Arville Harris Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Milt Hinton Bass
Hilton Jefferson Alto Saxophone
Keg Johnson Trombone
Claude Jones Trombone
Leroy Maxey Drums
Teddy McRae Tenor Saxophone
Al Morgan Bass
Buford Oliver Drums
Benny Payne Piano, Vibes
Rudy Powell Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone
Earres Prince Piano
Irving "Mouse" Randolph Trumpet
Dave Rivera Piano
Edwin Swayzee Trumpet
Walter Thomas Flute, Alto Saxophone, Baritone Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Paul Webster Trumpet
De Priest Wheeler Trombone
Morris White Banjo, Guitar
June Richmond Vocals
Andrew Brown Clarinet, Bass Clarinet, Alto Saxophone, Tenor Saxophone
Lammar Wright Jr. Trumpet
Roger Jones Trumpet
Fred "Rodriguez" Robinson Trombone
The Russell Smith Orchestra Trumpet
James Buxton Trombone
Jimmy Allen Smith Bass, Tuba
Technical Credits
Dizzy Gillespie Arranger
Bennie Wallace Composer
Fats Waller Composer
Eddie Barefield Arranger
Larry Clinton Composer
Andy Gibson Arranger
Irving Mills Composer
Edgar Sampson Arranger
W.C. Handy Composer
Alec Wilder Composer
Harold Arlen Composer
Mario Bauzá Arranger
Ben Bernie Composer
Shelton Brooks Composer
J. Fred Coots Composer
Duke Ellington Composer
Al J. Neiburg Composer
Mitchell Parish Composer
Edwin Swayzee Composer
James Van Heusen Composer
Chappie Willett Arranger
Teddy Powell Arranger
Edgar Battle Arranger
Harry White Composer
Al Bernard Composer
Tuvinian Singers Composer
Walter "Foots" Thomas Arranger
Buster Harding Arranger, Composer
Patricia Platzman Composer
Ralph Yaw Arranger
Alex Hill Composer
Sam Coslow Composer
Ted Koehler Composer
Maceo Pinkard Composer
Kenneth Casey Composer
Benny Davis Composer
Paul Denniker Composer
Leo Wood Composer
Traditional Composer
Joe Primrose Composer
Barry Trivers Composer
Jeanne Burns Composer
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