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How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway


Download links and information about How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy. This album was released in 2009 and it belongs to Rock genres. It contains 11 tracks with total duration of 44:36 minutes.

Artist: Big Bad Voodoo Daddy
Release date: 2009
Genre: Rock
Tracks: 11
Duration: 44:36
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No. Title Length
1. Come On With the "Come On" 3:22
2. Calloway Boogie 4:02
3. The Call of the Jitterbug 3:30
4. Hey Now, Hey Now 4:34
5. The Jumpin' Jive 4:02
6. How Big Can You Get? 4:05
7. The Old Man of the Mountain 4:15
8. The Ghost of Smokey Joe 5:29
9. Reefer Man 2:54
10. Minnie the Moocher 4:59
11. Tarzan of Harlem 3:24



Big Bad Voodoo Daddy's reputation as a pop star styled retro-jazz band has to be enhanced and authenticated by this homage to the leading commercial proponent of jump, jive, and wailing swing in the '30s and '40s, Cab Calloway. The band, with its solid horn section and half-crazed vocal cops channeled through the Hi-De-Ho Man by Scotty Morris is faithful to the core from the originals. Though the band does not do all of Calloway's big hits (missing are "Viper's Drag," "St. Louis Blues," and "Kickin' the Gong Around," among many others), their selection of tunes is a delightful mix of favorites and some zingers, all well done in the style that made Calloway both revered and in some circles reviled. His overly dramatic songs are avoided, and fun is the operative word for these tunes that still are good to hear. Among the true blue covers: the definitive shuffle "Calloway Boogie" with the animated vocals of Morris, the energetic and stoned "Reefer Man," the easy swinger "Hey Now" with the band's vocal choruses, and the Gene Krupa bompity bomp beat tacked onto "Tarzan of Harlem." There are two versions of the all-time classic "Minnie the Moocher," one laid-back featuring growl trumpet, the other in a quicker mode with rhythms rolling along. "The Jumpin' Jive" is pretty typical, a stomp-down rhythm identifies the title track, and a horse-drawn clippity clop beat steadies "The Old Man on the Mountain," with phrases inserted similar to "Comes Love." It's clear that the band has always enjoyed these tunes and this era of jazz, and now that they have a bit of success under their belts, their desire to do a tribute close to their hearts is fully realized. Perhaps their March 2009 showcase on Dancing with the Stars playing vintage throwback swing also prompted this excursion way back to the roots. Their first recording in five years, it would seem Big Bad Voodoo Daddy have career longevity in mind, and a tribute to Louis Jordan, Slim Gaillard, or a second volume of Calloway's tunes would also be in order for a future project. This recording comes easily recommended to their fans and early period jazz lovers. ~ Michael G. Nastos, Rovi