One of the great entertainers of the 20th Century, Cab Calloway was a household name by the early 1930s and although he had peaked commercially by the end of the '40s he never really declined in fame, continuing to perform throughout the rest of his career, including a memorable appearance in the 1980 movie 'The Blues Brothers'. A talented jazz singer and a superior scatter, his gyrations, outrageous zoot suits and showmanship sometimes overshadowed the quality of his always excellent bands. Following on from JSP's first volume of Calloway recordings 1930-1934, this equally reet-o-roonie 4-CD box set covers 1935-1940 including many more of his classic cuts like "Miss Otis Regrets", "Manhattan Jam", "The Conga-Conga" and "(Hep-Hep) The Jumpin' Jive", featuring top notch sidemen such as Chu Berry, Dizzy Gillespie and Ben Webster.
Known for his Zoot suits, hep talk and hi-de-ho style, Cab Calloway was one of the major figures of early jazz, who, along with Louis Armstrong, elevated scat singing to great heights. Cab's style is interesting, as most of the great jazz figures of the age seem to have come form New Orlenas (Armstrong, Bechet, Biederbecke, etc), but Calloway came from Harlem, and his music and themes reflect this.
This great 4 CD box set collects together 106 tracks from 1935 to 1940 and show off the inimitable style of Calloway and his orchestra to the full. It's a set of classic foot stomping hi-de-ho that really entertains, and not just for esoteric jazz lovers.
The tracks have been expertly remastered by R.T Davies, who also did the `Louis Armstrong Complete Hot Fives And Sevens' set. Once again he's done a great job, and these recordings sound as good as they have ever done. Included are short essays about Cab, and full personnel details.
CD 1 - 25 tracks
CD 2 - 28 tracks
CD 3 - 28 tracks
CD 4 - 26 tracks