Cab Calloway: Tarzan of Harlem
Tarzan of Harlem
Cab Calloway & His Orchestra
Are You Hep to the Jive? (Legacy / Columbia)
Lammar Wright (trumpet), Claude Jones (trombone),Keg Johnson (trombone), De Priest Wheeler (trombone), Chauncey Haughton (reeds), Andrew Brown (reeds), Walter Thomas (reeds), Benny Payne (piano).
Composed by H. Nemo, I. Mills & L. Fien.
Recorded: New York, October 17, 1939
Rating: 93/100 (learn more)
Who could possibly follow the Ellington band at the Cotton Club? Only Cab Calloway, the heppest cat on the third planet from the sun during the 1930s. In fact, Calloway may be the slickest entertainer the jazz scene has ever known; even serious boppers such as Dizzy Gillespie (who sits in the trumpet section on the track) learned how to handle an audience from the 'Hi De Ho' man. And if white audiences out slumming wanted authentic "jungle music," Calloway would cook up something hot and funny, like "Tarzan of Harlem." Cozy Cole stirs up things on the drums, and Calloway gives out several hollers that put Johnny Weissmuller to shame.
Reviewer: Ted Gioia