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Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – How Can You Get 2009

Posted in Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, JAZZ on December 16, 2010 by whoisthemonk

Big Bad Voodoo Daddy – How Can You Get 2009


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.
By Michael G. Nastos. AMG.
Cab Calloway was a legendary fireball of talent, whose infectious ‘hi-de-hi’s’, ‘ho-de-ho’s’, scattin’ and jivin’ became the spirited cry of people wanting to be happy. A truly larger than life figure in American pop culture, immortalized in cartoons and caricatures, Calloway also led one of the greatest bands of the Swing Era. 100 Years later the coolest Swing band around, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, are celebrating the birthday of Calloway with this fantastic album. 11 tracks including ‘Minnie The Moocher’.
This is BBVD’s best album ever, and it so richly deserves a wide audience. A highly danceable toe-tapper that would make an absolutely electrifying movie soundtrack. When you get tired of the stale offerings on top 40 radio, give this a spin and turn it way up.
Refreshing and exciting doesn’t begin to cover it.
By Marc McCutcheon.
The mighty Big Bad Voodoo Daddy is in fine form on this, their latest studio album. The songs are a bit faster than their last two studio releases – which should please the dance crowd. And they play these Cab Calloway covers with such energy and enthusiasm that you can’t help but get swept away by the music.

There are so many good tunes here…some standouts being “How Big Can You Get?” (with vintage lyrics that are oddly appropriate in today’s economy, as the band mentions in the liner notes), “Reefer Man” and “Tarzan of Harlem”. And I love the vintage 1960s style record sleeve back cover layout on this CD. Well done, gentlemen!

These new tunes are going to fit so well into their live set of previous BBVD hits…I can’t wait for the next show! So guys, if you are reading this, why no Pennsylvania dates this year?

If you are a fan of jump-swing this new CD is a must-have. Highly polished, highly recommended fun.
The band sounds great on this disc. The arrangments are great and guaranteed to get your feet tapping! And lets face it,that is what swing music is all about. Tapping the feet! But, then the vocals come on and the singer just doesn’t have a strong enough voice to pull it off. In my opinion, it hurts the overall impact of the recording. But if it gets a few people into the music of Cab Calloway, then good!!
The songs are fun and deserve to be heard again.
Now get out your copy of Stormy Weather and watch Cab in all his glory!
Like Squirrel Nut Zippers, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy revived big-band music for the ’90s and beyond. BBVD concentrated on the swinging days of the ’40s and ’50s, borrowing some of the Rat Pack lingo in addition to the zoot suits. Formed in Los Angeles in 1992, the group quickly built up a following by playing regularly on the local lounge circuit, playing to Gen-Xers enamored with the kitschy charm of the cocktail nation. This burgeoning lounge scene was captured in the hit 1996 indie comedy film Swingers, which featured a song by Big Bad Voodoo Daddy on the soundtrack. By the end of 1997, the band had self-released two albums — Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and What’chu Want for Christmas — which were local hits and led to a major-label contract with Capitol Records. In February 1998, Capitol released the group’s major-label debut, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, which was not the same album the group had previously released on its own. This Beautiful Life followed a year later. By the time the band came together for a follow-up, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy had sold over three million albums, performed at Super Bowl XXXIII with Stevie Wonder and Gloria Estefan, and had their music used in over 60 film and TV trailers. Big Bad Voodoo Daddy were unstoppable. Their fifth album, Save My Soul, dropped in 2003, five years after their Interscope debut. Inspired by a trip to play the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival, Save My Soul found the band expanding its sound to include elements of the Big Easy’s own jazz, swamp funk, and Cajun traditions. A live CD/DVD and holiday-themed album appeared in 2004. In 2009, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy released How Big Can You Get?: The Music of Cab Calloway, which found the band digging even deeper into a more hardcore jazz and swing sound.
By Stephen Thomas Erlewine, All Music Guide.
Scotty Morris- (Lead Vocals and Guitar)
Kurt Sodergren- (Drums and Percussion)
Dirk Shumaker- (Bass and Vocals)
Andy Rowley- (Baritone Sax and Vocals)
Glen “The Kid” Marhevka- (Trumpet)
Karl Hunter– Alto & Tenor Sax, Clarinet
Joshua Levy- (Piano)
Additional Musicians;
Alex Henderson
Anthony Bonstera Jr.
Ira Nepus
Tom Peterson
Lee Thornburg
Bernie Dresel
Nick Lane
Robbie Hioki
Brian Swartz
Scheila Gonzales
Lee Callet
Jim Fox
01. Come On With The “Come On” 3:22
02. Calloway Boogie 4:02
03. The Call Of The Jitterbug 3:29
04. Hey Now, Hey Now 4:34
05. The Jumpin’ Jive 4:01
06. How Big Can You Get? 4:05
07. The Old Man Of The Mountain 4:15
08. The Ghost Of Smokey Joe 5:28
09. Reefer Man 2:54
10. Minnie The Moocher 4:59
11. Tarzan Of Harlem 3:24

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