1940s Jump-Jive for modern hepcats.
G. Merritt | Boulder, CO | 11/25/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Critically-acclaimed English musician and singer-songwriter, Joe Jackson, will probably always be best known for his 1979 hit song "Is She Really Going Out with Him?" from his debut album Look Sharp!, and for his 1982 hit, "Steppin' Out" from his finest hour, Night and Day. Jackson (and " The Joe Jackson Band" consisting of Jackson, Gary Sanford on guitar, Graham Maby on bass, and David Houghton on drums) was one of a British trio of artists also including Elvis Costello and Graham Parker who introduced New Wave to the United States in the late 70s. Jackson took a brief break from the Band in the early 80s to record an album of 1940s swing and jump-jive cover songs from Cab Calloway ("We the Cats (Shall Hep Ya);" "Jumpin' Jive"), Louis Armstrong ("You Run Your Mouth (and I'll Run My Business)"), Lester Young, Glenn Miller, and Louis Jordan ("Is You Is or Is You Ain't My Baby"). These timeless jump-jive standards sound as good today as they did in the 40s. Jumpin' Jive is such a great album/CD, and the songs are even better when Joe performs them live. The album setlist includes:
1. Jumpin' With Symphony Sid
2. Jack, You're Dead!
3. Is You Is Or Is You Ain't My Baby
4. We The Cats (Shall Hep Ya)
5. San Francisco Fan
6. Five Guys Named Moe
7. Jumpin' Jive
8. You Run Your Mouth (And I'll Run My Business)
9. What's The Use Of Getting Sober (When You're Gonna Get Drunk Again)
10. You're My Meat
11. Tuxedo Junction
12. How Long Must I Wait For You
STRONG IN EVERY WAY---GREAT MUSIC!!!
Mark C. Merlucci | Boynton Beach, Florida United States | 11/26/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Folks, this remake is in many ways better than the originals. The music is tight, complicated and fast. And the slow songs are done with style and poise. The lyrics are remarkably funny and cool. This CD proves that Joe Jackson (who did all of the arranging) is truly a genius of his generation.
RUN OUT AND BUY THIS CD!!!
Every track is strong, and you will LOVE IT from the first play.