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This Is Hep

  • 0. DISC 1:
    1. Gotta Darn Good Reason Now (For Bein' Good)
    2. St. Louis Blues
    3. Is That Religion?
    4. Some of These Days
    5. Nobody's Sweetheart
    6. St. James Infirmary
    7. Minnie the Moocher
    8. Doin' the Rumba
    9. Black Rhythm
    10. Six or Seven Times
    11. Sweet Georgia Brown
    12. Bugle Call Rag
    13. You Rascal You
    14. Somebody Stole My Gal
    15. Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea
    16. Trickeration
    17. Kickin' the Gong Around
    18. Scat Song, The
    19. Cabin in the Cotton
    20. Strictly Cullud Affair
    21. Minnie the Moocher's Wedding Day
    22. How Come You Do Me Like You Do?
    23. Reefer Man
    24. Hot Toddy
    25. I've Got the World on a String
    0. DISC 2:
    1. Beale Street Mama
    2. Man from Harlem, The
    3. I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues
    4. Evenin'
    5. Little Town Gal
    6. Lady with the Fan, The
    7. Harlem Camp Meeting
    8. Zah Zuh Zaz
    9. 'Long About Midnight
    10. Moonglow
    11. Jitter Bug
    12. Margie
    13. Chinese Rhythm
    14. Keep That Hi-De-Hi in Your Soul
    15. I Ain't Got Nobody
    16. Nagasaki
    17. Baby, Won't You Please Come Home?
    18. You're the Cure for What Ails Me
    19. Copper Colored Gal
    20. Wedding of Mr and Mrs Swing, The
    21. Peckin'
    22. Congo
    23. Swing, Swing, Swing
    24. Wake Up and Live
    25. Moon at Sea
    26. I'm Always in the Mood for You
    0. DISC 3:
    1. She's Tall, She's Tan, She's Terrific
    2. Mama, I Wanna Make Rhythm
    3. Queen Isabella
    4. Savage Rhythm
    5. Every Day's a Holiday
    6. Rustle of Swing
    7. Three Swings and Out
    8. Skrontch
    9. At the Clambake Carnival
    10. Hoy Hoy
    11. Boogie Woogie, The
    12. Mister Paganini, Swing for Minnie
    13. Jive (Page One of the Hepster's Dictionary)
    14. Do You Wanna Jump, Children?
    15. Blue Interlude
    16. F.D.R. Jones
    17. Angels with Dirty Faces
    18. Ratamacue
    19. Ghost of Smokey Joe, The
    20. Jumpin' Jive, The
    21. For the Last Time I Cried Over You
    22. Pluckin' the Bass
    23. Chili Con Conga
    24. Vuelva
    25. Pickin' the Cabbage
    26. Paradiddle
    27. Calling All Bars
    28. Lone Arranger, The
    0. DISC 4:
    1. Fifteen Minute Intermission
    2. Rhapsody in Rhumba
    3. Come on with the "Come On"
    4. Ghost of a Chance, A
    5. Bye Bye Blues
    6. Chicken Ain't Nothin' But a Bird, A
    7. Willow Weep for Me
    8. Jonah Joins the Cab
    9. Geechy Joe
    10. My Gal
    11. St. James Infirmary
    12. Hey Doc!
    13. Blues in the Night
    14. I Want to Rock
    15. I'll Be Around
    16. Honeydripper, The
    17. Hey Now, Hey Now
    18. Hi-De-Ho Man, The (That's Me)
    19. Oh Grandpa!
    20. Jungle King, The
    21. Two Blocks Down Turn Left
    22. San Francisco Fan
    23. Calloway Boogie, The
    24. Everybody Eats When They Come to My House
    25. I Beeped When I Shoulda Bopped
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 141

  • Credits

    Personnel: Cab Calloway (vocals); Tyree Glenn (vocals, trombone, vibraphone); June Richmond (vocals); Morris White (guitar, banjo); Danny Barker (guitar); Walter Thomas (flute, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone); Andrew Brown (clarinet, bass clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Garvin Bushell (clarinet, bassoon, alto saxophone); Arville Harris (clarinet, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone); Eddie Barefield, William Thornton Blue, Jerry Blake (clarinet, alto saxophone); Charles Frazier, Rudy Powell (alto saxophone, baritone saxophone); Bob Dorsey, Hilton Jefferson (alto saxophone); Sam "The Man" Taylor (tenor saxophone, trumpet); Chu Berry, Ike Quebec, Teddy McRae, Ben Webster, Al Gibson (tenor saxophone); Jonah Jones (trumpet, vibraphone); The Russell Smith Orchestra, Dizzy Gillespie, Doc Cheatham, Edwin Swayzee, Irving "Mouse" Randolph, Roger Jones , Lammar Wright, Jr., John Letman, R.Q. Dickerson, Mario Bauz, Paul Webster, Reuben Reeves, Shad Collins, Wendell Culley (trumpet); De Priest Wheeler, James Buxton, Fred "Rodriguez" Robinson, Earl Hardy, Keg Johnson, Quentin Jackson, Claude Jones (trombone); Jimmy Allen Smith (tuba); Benny Payne (piano, vibraphone); Earres Prince, Dave Rivera (piano); Cozy Cole, Buford Oliver, Leroy Maxey, Panama Francis (drums).
    Recording information: Chicago, IL (07/24/1930-09/29/1949); New York, NY (07/24/1930-09/29/1949).
    Arrangers: Dizzy Gillespie; Eddie Barefield; Edgar Battle; Edgar Sampson; Ralph Yaw; Walter "Foots" Thomas; Mario Bauz; Andy Gibson ; Teddy Powell; Buster Harding; Chappie Willett.
    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. ~ arwulf arwulf

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