New York, NY - Americas favorite contemporary little big band, the award winning
jumpin jazz / retro swing Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, is set to release a new album entitled
How Big Can You Get (Big Bad/Vanguard Records) on April 21, 2009. The 11 song CD, their eighth album, is a tribute to Cab Calloway, the legendary band leader and jazz singer, and was recorded in honor of what would have been Cabs 100th Birthday.
How Big Can You Get is a career milestone for Big Bad Voodoo Daddy and not only as an illuminating revival of Calloway's often hilarious (and just as often pointed) songbook, in the most skilled and enthusiastic hands imaginable. Its also a revelatory moment for the band, whose musicianship, fire and interpretive powers are at an all-time high.
According to bandleader Scotty Morris making the album was one of our biggest musical moments. Delving into Cab's music made us see the high level that his songs were written and arranged at, and why they've lasted. We went top-to-bottom live in the studio and chose the best takes for the album, because Cab's originals were live performances and radio broadcasts. People got a glimpse of him when he stole the show in the Blues Brothers movie. We want people to know he was more than the King of Hi-De-Ho-we want to put a light on Cab's legacy more fully."
Produced by Morris and Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the record includes some of Calloway's classics including Minnie the Moocher, The Ghost of Smokey Joe and The Jumpin' Jive alongside some of his less obvious, yet just as powerful tunes like Reefer Man, Calloway Boogie and The Old Man of the Mountain all performed with the bands usual enthusiastic approach and great interpretation.
Formed in Ventura, California in 1989 by Morris, the band released two records independently before breaking nationally in the cult comedy film Swingers. They went on to release ten additional albums on various major labels before striking a deal to develop their own label Big Bad Records through the legendary Vanguard label. They've had their songs including Mr. Pinstripe and You & Me & the Bottle Makes 3 Tonight featured in films and soundtracks worldwide. They've performed at the Billboard Music Awards, the White House and during the halftimes of both the Super Bowl and the Orange Bowl. Their videos have been regularly featured on MTV and VH1 and they have appeared as musical guests on numerous television shows including The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Live with Regis and Kelly and Late Night with Conan O'Brien. Known for their hip sensibility, Big Bad Voodoo Daddy has built and loyal and consistent fanbase over the years, and has sold over 2 million albums.
The title track How Big Can You Get now unbelievably poignant to our time with lyrics that reflect corporate greed - is also the first single off the album. The song will be serviced to radio and a corresponding video is being shot in Los Angeles in March. The band is a tour circuit favorite-playing over 200 shows a year. They'll start a major tour in support of this album in April.
The band, which received support from Cab Calloway's family throughout the project says, We felt like we were hugging an old friend when we made this album."