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Cab Calloway Minnie The Moocher - 1933-1934 Recordings (LP)

Minnie The Moocher - 1933-1934 Recordings (LP)
 
 
 

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weight in Kg 0,300

 

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Cab Calloway: Minnie The Moocher - 1933-1934 Recordings (LP)

(RCA International) 15 tracks - Original 'RCA' recordings from 1933 and 1934

To The Sceptic And The Cynical, It Must Seem Positively Daft That An Already Impressive Number Of Young People Should Be Checking Out The Music Of The Likes Of Louis Jordan And Cab Calloway These Days. And, Moreover, Reacting In A Positive And Genuinely Enthusiastic-Plus Way. After All, What Could Be More Unbelievable Than For An Established Singer Like Joe Jackson Forsaking Rock In Order To Put Together His Jumpin' Jive, An Excellent Six-Piece Band That Deals Exclusively With The Kind Of Irresistible Music That So Excited His Dad When He Was A Teenager. And That's Not All. The Midnite Follies Orchestra Has For A Few Years Now Been Featuring Its Own Fine Reworkings Of Cab Calloway Material (As Well As Tunes By Ellington, Don Redman And Sam Wooding), While Talented British Female Vocal Groups Like Sweet Substitute And The Nolan Sisters Have Been Known To Include Songs Of The 1920S, 1930S And 1940S Within Their Repertoire. All Of Which Makes It Absolutely Certain That Something Of A Genuine Revival Of This Brand Of Happy, Uplifting Music Is Well And Truly With Us–And Without, Thank Goodness, Your Actual Nostalgia-For-My-Faded-Youth Reasons Which Sometimes Is The Primary Cause For Bringing Back Into Contemporary Focus Music Of The Past...

All Off Which Must Make Cabell 'cab' Calloway Smile. Smile With Pleasure, Of Course, Because The Music He More Than Most Helped Bring To The Forefront 40-50 Years Ago Should Suddenly Be Popular With The Youth Of The Early-1980S. Smile, Too, About The Rebellious Qualities In Much Of Today's Younger Generations. For Cab Himself Was Something Of A Youthful Rebel, And He Was Featuring Songs About Smoking 'unconventional' Cigarettes Decades Before It Became The Fashionable Thing To Do (Calloway Aficionados Will Need Little Reminding That Cab And His Orchestra Recorded The Viper's Drag 'way Back In 1930). And Although Calloway Recordings Never Even Remotely Approached The Astronomic Sales Of The Top Rock Groups/Soloists Of The Past 20 Years, He, Too, Has Had Hit Records. As That Fountainhead Of Musical Knowledge, And Good Friend, Fred Dellar Reminded This Writer Recently, The Calloway Band's 1942 Recording, For Okeh, Of Blues In The Night Went As High As Eighth Place On The Us Charts; In More Recent Times Calloway's Little Child (Abc-Paramount) Did Modestly Well In The States In 1956, Likewise History Repeats Itself (Boom) Ten Years Later.

And If It's A Larger-Than-Life Personality You're After, Then His Highness Of Hi-De-Ho Fits The Bill With Consummate Ease. Calloway Was Also One Of The First From A Basically Jazz Genre To Use His Own Brand Of Hepster's Language, Bringing New – And, At Times, Seemingly Untranslateable! –Terminology Into Fairly Widespread Use. And Calloway's Career Has Encompassed Bandleading, Singing, Playing, Writing, Dancing And Acting. For Example, His Singing-Acting In 'porgy & Bess' – Both On Broadway And On The London Stage – Has Made His Sportin Life One Of The Very Best. And It Should Come As Little Surprise To Learn That A Non-Singing Cab Calloway Registered Solidly In A Fine Steve Mcqueen-Edward G. Robinson Movie, 'The Cincinatti Kid' (1965). In More Recent Times, His Top Starring Role, Opposite Pearl Bailey, In An All-Black Broadway Revival Of 'Hello, Dolly! , And A Guest Appearance In The Film 'The Blues Brothers' Have Given Lie To The Claim By Some That The Older An Entertainer Gets The Quicker His Talent Dissipates. For Although For Some Years Now He's Claimed To Be Living In Semi-Retirement, Cab Seems Topop Up Again – At A Jazz Festival Or A Tv Spot– Just When You Think He's Decided Already To Give It All Up For Good. Which Would Be A Natural Thing To Do –After All, He's Fast Approaching 74 Years Young Thisdecember.Except That Calloway, Like Other Elderly Statesmen Of Music, Never Even Thinks About Total Retirement ...

However Popular In Practically Any Of His Many Roles, For Most People It Is As A Successful Singing Bandleader That He Will Be Remembered For All Time. For Since The Beginning Of The 1930S He Has Led A Series Of Always Interesting Bands, Right Up Until The Final Outfit Which He Disbanded In 1948. Through That Long Period, Musicians Of The Calibre Of Ben Webster, Dizzy Gillespie, Jonah Jones, Chu Berry, Illinois Jacquet, J. C. Heard, Milt Hinton, Hilton Jefferson, Panama Francis, Tyree Glen And Jerry Blake Have Passed Through Their Ranks. Top Arrangers, Too, Like Buster Harding, Andy Gibson, Edgar Battle, Gillespie, Benny Carter And Eddie Barefield Have Contributed Their Skills. Talking Of Barefield Brings Us To The Collection Of Cab Calloway Material Previously Available Many Years Ago Only In West Germany. For Eddie Barefield, A Highly-Respected Altoist And Clarinettist As Well As Writer Appears Throughout In All Three Capacities. He Had Joined Calloway Just Before The The Recording Of The Two Earliest Numbers - 'little Town Gal' And 'harlem Hospitality' –And Was To Remain A Vital Member The Aggregation Until 1936. He Rejoined Cab Recordings For A While In 1939, And During The 1950S Was To Be Occupied On A Regular Basis As Calloway's Musical Director. Barefield's Writing Talents Are Comprehensively On Show Throughout This Lp–Apart From Trombonist Harry White's Arrangement Of Former Jelly Roll Morton Trumpeter Ed Swayzee's Father's Got His Clothes On, Probably All The Other Charts Are Barefield's. And Barefield's Soft-Toned Saxophone Work Is Liberally Distributed Throughout This Fascinating Collection Of Recordings Made In The Years 1933 And 1934, Including The Altoist's Favourite Own Solo With Calloway –A Delightful Contribution To The Will Hudson-Eddie Delange Standard Moonglow, The Only Non-Vocal Track Of The 15.

Elsewhere, There Are Fine Individual Solos From The Hawkins-Influenced Tenor-Sax Of Walter 'foots' Thomas's (A Member Of The Band From Its Inception, Remaining Until 1943); The Afore-Mentioned Trombonist White, Baritonist Andrew Brown (Featured On Margie Only), Trumpeters Swayzee And Lammar Wright; Pianist Bennie Paine (Also Helping Out As Extra Vocalist On There's A Cabin In The Cotton); And Eddie Barefield, Again, This Time As Clarinettist. Up-Front, Of Course, Is The Slightly Outrageous, Positively Inimitable Cabell Calloway. Whether He's Telling The Sad Story Of A Chinese Gentleman Called Smokey Joe (Zaz Zu Zaz –With Further References To Be Found In The Bluesy Kickin' The Gong Around), Or Giving Forth With His Own Brand Of Scat-Singing (E.G. Father's Got His Clothes On, And The Self-Explanatory The Scat Song), Or Indulging In A Delightful Mock-Serious Vocal Exaggeration (Margie), There's No Doubting His Abilities As The Focal Point Of Attraction. And When Cab Is Singing His Own Minnie The Moocher, You've Got Just About The Archetypal Calloway Performance For All Time.

In Inviting You To Pay Keen Attention To The Contents Of This Album, Perhaps One Should Use The Language Of Calloway Himself, As Defined In His Own Hepster's Dictionary: 'whether You're A Queen —Or Even A Cool V-8 — Or Merely A Jack, May We Invite You To Bust Your Conk To Place This Platter On Your Record Deck At Once. When You Do, You'll Hear These Calloway Cats Beat Out The Grooviest Sounds. 'cos When They Play, The Joint Is Jumpin' The Music Is Kopasetic! You'll Blow Your Wig. And If You Wanna Lay Some Iron ... Well, Do It, Jack — You Don't Have To Be A Rug-Cutter. You Don't Hove To Wear Your Finest Drapes To Make This Scene  - A Yarddog, With Nothin' More Than A Dreamer Can Still Make It. But If It's Mantovani Or Mott The Hoople You're Into, Then It's Gotta Be Neighho, Pops...!' Stan Britt ('jazzlink')
 

Songs

Cab Calloway - Minnie The Moocher - 1933-1934 Recordings (LP) Medium 1
1: Harlem Hospitality
2: Lady With A Fan
3: Harlem Camp Meeting
4: Zah Zuh Zah
5: Father's Got His Glasses On
6: Little Town Gal
7: There's A Cabin In The Cotton
8: The Scat Song
9: Minnie The Moocher  
10: Kickin' The Gong Around  
11: Long About Midnight  
12: Moon Glow  
13: Margie  
14: Jitter Bug  
15: Hotcha Razz-Ma-Tazz  

 

Artikeleigenschaften von Cab Calloway: Minnie The Moocher - 1933-1934 Recordings (LP)

  • Interpret: Cab Calloway

  • Albumtitel: Minnie The Moocher - 1933-1934 Recordings (LP)

  • Format LP
  • Genre Jazz

  • Title Minnie The Moocher - 1933-1934 Recordings (LP)
  • Vinyl size LP (12 Inch)
  • Speed / RPM 33 U/min
  • Record Grading Mint (M)
  • Sleeve Grading Mint (M)
  • Release date 1981
  • Label RCA International

  • SubGenre Jazz - Swing

  • EAN: 0035628933812

  • weight in Kg 0.300
 
 

Artist description "Calloway, Cab"

Cap Calloway

Thanks to New York’s budget-priced Bell Records, veteran orchestra leader Cab Calloway wrapped his rafter-rattling pipes around some of the biggest selling songs of the mid-1950s.

The label’s business model was an intriguing one. Arthur Shimkin launched it in 1952 as an offshoot of Golden Records, which he’d established four years earlier. Both were financially backed by New York’s Simon and Schuster publishing company.

Shimkin covered the hits of the day with competent singers and musicians both famous and unknown, packaged Bell’s singles in colorful picture sleeves, priced them at 39 cents each, and sold them in grocery stores, bookstores, and other outside-the-box outlets. The concept clicked.

Calloway’s endlessly swinging orchestra had been a national sensation during the 1930s and ‘40s that obliterated racial barriers with its musical innovations and dazzling showmanship. His roaring pipes, elastic dance moves, and wild zoot-suited attire made him the epitome of pre-war hep. He appeared in mainstream movies, led his orchestra on network radio, and headlined the finest venues. But hits grew scarce for Cab by the late ‘40s. By 1954 they’d dried up.

 

Cabell Calloway III wasn’t the first member of his family to take the show biz plunge. That honor went to older sister Blanche, a pianist who recorded with Louis Armstrong in 1925 (much later, she managed singer Ruth Brown). Cab was born Christmas Day of 1907 in Rochester, N.Y. and was raised in Baltimore from age six. His middle-class family had high hopes of him becoming a lawyer, but Calloway had other plans. He met up with Blanche in Chicago in 1927 and began singing professionally. Cab led an 11-piece orchestra, the Alabamians, but when they lost a 1929 battle of the bands at New York’s Savoy Ballroom, he quit.

 

Broadway manager Irving Mills teamed Cab with another outfit, the Missourians. Mills snagged the band an engagement at Harlem’s famed Cotton Club, and Calloway was on his way. He settled into the swinging nightclub in 1930 for an extended engagement that lasted for years. Performing for well-heeled Caucasians, Cab unleashed his huge voice and wielded a mean baton, whirling, dancing, singing, and mugging his way to stardom. He made his recording debut that year and scored a hit with an outrageous rendition of W.C. Handy’s St. Louis Blues.

 

In 1931, Calloway and his band skyrocketed with the number that would become his lifelong theme. Minnie The Moocher featured a surreal storyline, a slinky groove, and a "hi-de-ho" singalong chorus (his penchant for scatting had commenced when he forgot some lyrics during a show and had to improvise). Cab’s treatment of the minor-key moaner St. James Infirmary was also popular, his ebullient vocal delivery ensuring the mood didn’t grow too morose.

 

Calloway’s vibrancy was tailor-made for the silver screen. He performed Minnie The Moocher in the 1932 romantic comedy ‘The Big Broadcast’ and led his outfit through a torrid Reefer Man the next year in ‘International House.’ Cab even turned up in a handful of early ‘30s Betty Boop cartoons. In 1937 Calloway and his orchestra were featured in their own nine-minute short ‘Hi-De-Ho.’ He co-starred as a hepster in the 1943 big-budget musical ‘Stormy Weather’ and headlined his own full-length ‘47 film, also titled ‘Hi De Ho.’ Working all the angles, Cab penned ‘The Hepster’s Dictionary’ in 1938 (updated in several later editions), providing a handy glossary of cool cat lingo for his legion of followers.

 
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