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Editors’ Notes

After a three-album salvo of edgy new wave, Joe Jackson took the first of many musical left turns by unexpectedly dipping into the jazzy jump blues of artists like Louis Jordan and Cab Calloway. This bold move presaged the U.S. swing revival by a decade and a half, but Jackson pulled it off with aplomb, charting higher than one might have expected in the era of shiny synth-pop. A three-man horn section hammers out hard-swinging riffs on mostly uptempo tunes like the Calloway-penned title track, Jordan's "Five Guys Named Moe," and the Glenn Miller hit "Tuxedo Junction." Jackson sounds at home in this brassy, bluesy mode, leaning into the tunes with a feeling of both fervor and fun.

Customer Reviews

Awesome.... finally got it back

I can't keep still. Reminds me of when I was young. Had the album... who knows where that is. This is great. Oh how I missed this album.

Jumpin' Jive

If you can refrain from tapping along with these guys, well..."Jack, You're Dead!" Joe said this music reminded him of his father. Lucky Joe, to have a father that hep. Give this music to your children. Mine adore it as much as I do. She's 16 and he's 12. Your kids will always thank you and think of you when they here these tunes.

2000+ cds this is #1!

Since bartending in a small Jazz club in Milwaukee in 1981 when this came out, this has been my favorite-est album. My kids now are grooving to it too (8 and 9 years old!) Made them promise to play this at my funeral...especially "...JACK you dead!" Would pay $1,000 for "Jumpin' Jive II" Saw Joe and his rhythem section in Ports. NH this month....tight as ever!

Biography

Born: August 11, 1954 in Burton-upon-Trent, England

Genre: Pop

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

In his 1999 memoir, A Cure for Gravity: A Musical Pilgrimage, Joe Jackson writes approvingly of George Gershwin as a musician who kept one foot in the popular and one in the classical realms of music. Like Gershwin, Jackson possesses a restless musical imagination that has found him straddling musical genres unapologetically, disinclined to pick one style and stick to it. The word "chameleon" often crops up in descriptions of him, but Jackson prefers to be thought of as "eclectic." Is he the Joe...
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