If some of the songs on Brazilian pianist/composer/arranger/bandleader Antonio Adolfo’s latest album Octet and Originals sound familiar, well … they should. “Pretty World” has been an international hit, … Read More “Eight Is Enough for Antonio Adolfo on Octet and Originals“
Cab Calloway and His Orchestra: “Minnie the Moocher” (Brunswick, 1938)
A hit so big it followed Calloway all the way to his role in 1980’s The Blues Brothers. Calloway based the arrangement on Louis Armstrong’s version of “St. James Infirmary,” the lyrics on “Willie the Weeper,” and the famous call-and-response scat on his own ingenuity. It’s a preview of how jazz would become popular entertainment—and how Calloway would become known as “The Hi-De-Ho Man.” MICHAEL J. WEST
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