Jumpin' Jive

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All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Jumpin' Jive proved to be one of Joe Jackson's most adventurous projects as he tries his hand at covering a bunch of Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway tunes, ranging from the extravagance of big band to bop to vibrant swing music. The album broke the Top 50 in the U.S. and made it to number 14 in England, with the title track peaking at number 43 over there as well. Jackson sounds extremely fresh and vivacious throughout all of the tracks, with Calloway's "We the Cats" and "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" demonstrating how easily his persona adapts to this particular style of music. Jackson doesn't just sing the music here, he actually role-plays to some extent to make the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Mike DeGagne
Jumpin' Jive proved to be one of Joe Jackson's most adventurous projects as he tries his hand at covering a bunch of Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway tunes, ranging from the extravagance of big band to bop to vibrant swing music. The album broke the Top 50 in the U.S. and made it to number 14 in England, with the title track peaking at number 43 over there as well. Jackson sounds extremely fresh and vivacious throughout all of the tracks, with Calloway's "We the Cats" and "Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby" demonstrating how easily his persona adapts to this particular style of music. Jackson doesn't just sing the music here, he actually role-plays to some extent to make the songs sound that much more genuine and timeless, giving tunes like "Tuxedo Junction," "What's the Use of Getting Sober," and the hip-cat composure of "Jumpin' Jive" some modern flash and color. The horn work is dazzling as well, especially Dave Bitelli's alto sax and Pete Thomas' clarinet contributions. Not only was Jumpin' Jive a novel idea, but it reveals Jackson's musical dexterity and desire to further his interests into other avenues aside from pop and mainstream ballads. Although he touched on reggae with 1980's Beat Crazy, Jumpin' Jive fully uncovers his musical astuteness and remains one of his best albums.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 1/12/1999
  • Label: A&M
  • UPC: 731454099127
  • Catalog Number: 540991
  • Sales rank: 45,177

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Jackson Primary Artist, Harmonica, Keyboards, Vocals, Vibes
David Bitelli Clarinet, Tenor Saxophone, Wind
Graham Maby Bass, Background Vocals
Raul Oliveria Trumpet
Pete Thomas Saxophone, Alto Saxophone
Larry Tolfree Drums, Background Vocals
Nick Weldon Piano, Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Jackson Arranger, Producer, Liner Notes
Walter Bishop Jr. Composer
Louis Jordan Composer
William Johnson Composer
Norman Mighell Producer, Engineer
Jeri Heiden Art Direction
Sandy Brummels Art Direction
Jerry Bresler Composer
Richard Miles Composer
Bubsy Meyers Composer
Lil Hardin Armstrong Composer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Dis disc SHALL hep ya!

    Jumpin’ Jive – too long out of print – is a must have for any fan of jazz. This is such an immediately infectious and charming album chock full of bright clear shining examples of how wonderful “hot” swing music is. This album combines an almost alchemical mix of searing hot riffs and jams into shorter song accommodation formats that will please any listener. Often, efforts like these forsake the musician's talent for the vocalist’s sake, or vice versa. Not here. Everyone shines. If there is a down side to this album, it’s that there are still only the original 12 cuts on the CD. But what a 12 they are! Sashay on down and grab this coaster. Dig the righteous riffs, Jack, it’ll hep ya.

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