Jungle Swing

Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Johnny Copeland's eclectic nature is on display on Jungle Swing, an ambitious collaboration with jazz pianist Randy Weston. Weston brings a selection of African rhythms and melodic textures to the table, which are incorporated subtly into the rhythmic underpinnings of each song. In no sense is Jungle Swing a worldbeat experiment -- it's just a small, affectionate tribute. Even so, the African flourishes don't dominate the sound of the record. Like always, Copeland takes center stage with his clean, precise licks. At this point in his career, he knows exactly what to play and the guitarist never overplays throughout the course of the disc. There are a few weak moments on the ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Thom Owens
Johnny Copeland's eclectic nature is on display on Jungle Swing, an ambitious collaboration with jazz pianist Randy Weston. Weston brings a selection of African rhythms and melodic textures to the table, which are incorporated subtly into the rhythmic underpinnings of each song. In no sense is Jungle Swing a worldbeat experiment -- it's just a small, affectionate tribute. Even so, the African flourishes don't dominate the sound of the record. Like always, Copeland takes center stage with his clean, precise licks. At this point in his career, he knows exactly what to play and the guitarist never overplays throughout the course of the disc. There are a few weak moments on the disc, but the sheer strength of Copeland's musicianship -- and his willingness to stretch out ever so slightly -- make it worth the time for any of his fans.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/1996
  • Label: Polygram Records
  • UPC: 731452746627
  • Catalog Number: 527466

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Ready, Willing, and Able (4:32)
  2. 2 The Jungle (3:05)
  3. 3 Blues Ain't Nothin' (4:00)
  4. 4 Kasavubu (8:26)
  5. 5 Hold on to What You've Got (5:39)
  6. 6 Monkey On My Back (3:35)
  7. 7 We Love Walking On The Wild Side (4:04)
  8. 8 Jungle Swing (4:41)
  9. 9 Same Thing (4:52)
  10. 10 Abidjan (4:05)
  11. 11 I Got A Love (4:56)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Johnny Copeland Primary Artist, Guitar, Electric Guitar, Vocals
Byard Lancaster Tenor Saxophone
Bryan Carrott Marimbas
Kimati Dinizulu Multi Instruments
Barry Harrison Drums
Bobby Kyle Electric Guitar
Randy Lee Lippincott Bass
Joel Perry Acoustic Guitar, Electric Guitar
Floyd Phillips Piano
Seth Sibanda Background Vocals
Bheki Khoza Background Vocals
Technical Credits
Jean-Philippe Allard Executive Producer
Kimati Dinizulu Percussion Arrangement
Jay Newland Engineer, Mastering
Joel Perry Liner Notes
John Snyder Producer
Holly Bullamore Producer, Liner Notes
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