Summer in the City: Live in New York

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Barnes & Noble - Steph Paynes
On SUMMER IN THE CITY, rock sophisticate Joe Jackson steps out with a bare-bones piano trio to perform a batch of eclectic originals and covers that have marked and influenced his impressive 20-year recording career. Resting on the fluid grooves of bassist Graham Maby and the solid drumming of Gary Burke, Jackson tickles these 13 songs to life with his delicate, jazzy piano chops and some brave new arrangements of old chestnuts. For instance, a new rendition of "Fools in Love," from the 1979 album LOOK SHARP!, dares to abandon that irresistible reggae lilt in favor of a creeping bass line that suggests mystery as it segues into a contemplative verse of the Yardbirds' ...
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Steph Paynes
On SUMMER IN THE CITY, rock sophisticate Joe Jackson steps out with a bare-bones piano trio to perform a batch of eclectic originals and covers that have marked and influenced his impressive 20-year recording career. Resting on the fluid grooves of bassist Graham Maby and the solid drumming of Gary Burke, Jackson tickles these 13 songs to life with his delicate, jazzy piano chops and some brave new arrangements of old chestnuts. For instance, a new rendition of "Fools in Love," from the 1979 album LOOK SHARP!, dares to abandon that irresistible reggae lilt in favor of a creeping bass line that suggests mystery as it segues into a contemplative verse of the Yardbirds' "For Your Love." It's a different take on some old favorites, but it works. Jackson also dips into other sides of his musical palette with a swingin', old-timey version of "Mood Indigo" and a cover of Steely Dan's "King of the World" that manages to milk the complexity out of the composition without weighing it down. His limp version of "Eleanor Rigby" we could have done without. Still, for Jackson fans who want to hear him in yet another setting -- that of the I-could-even-do-weddings-if-I-wanted-to! piano man -- SUMMER IN THE CITY offers another dose of his musical versatility.
All Music Guide - Ross Boissoneau
The chameleonic Jackson is reunited with longtime bandmates Graham Maby bass and vocals and Gary Burke drums for this trio date, recorded live in August 1999. The opening "Summer in the City" promises much, and the album delivers. While the three don't always play to a song's strengths "You Can't Get What You Want," for one, misses the full-band treatment, this release does showcase Jackson's piano and the group's interplay. The trio bounces through several Jackson originals, including "Fools in Love," "Down to London," and a medley including "Be My Number Two" and "You Can't Get What You Want," as well as classics like "Mood Indigo," "Eleanor Rigby," and the title track. On this album, Jackson proves not only that he has not abandoned classic pop songs or his own pop hits, but that he is performing them better than ever.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/16/2000
  • Label: Sony
  • UPC: 696998923720
  • Catalog Number: 89237

Album Credits

Performance Credits
Joe Jackson Primary Artist, Primary Artist, Piano, Vocals
Gary Burke Drums
Graham Maby Bass, Vocals
Technical Credits
Joe Jackson Producer
Ted Jensen Mastering
Steven Remote Engineer
P.R. Brown Art Direction
Dan Gellert Engineer
Sheldon Steiger Producer, Engineer
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Rollicking piano pop

    Between the three guys on this disc, there's so much raw energy, it's almost a tangible aura from your CD player. Jackson can go from energetic rock (title track, One More Time, Obvious Song) to plaintive haunting ballads (Eleanor Rigby et al.) with equal conviction. A great, bare-bones pop/rock CD.

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