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Jumpin Jive [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

Joe JacksonAudio CD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Audio CD (January 12, 1999)
  • Original Release Date: 1981
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: A&M
  • ASIN: B00000HY5I
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,245 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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34 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The "retro-swing" movement of the late 1990s really started in 1981 with this album, the first genuine piece of retro-swing. In the midst of the electronic 80s era, Joe Jackson's pure hard-swingin' album covering old jazz swing classics from the 1930s and 40s was both a complete anachronism and a jolt of musical energy. It never achieved huge mainstream popularity, but has been a consistent seller since it came out and helped revive swing the 1990s. Many of the popular 1990s swing bands performed the songs that Joe Jackson covered, often sounding very close to Jackson's versions. For example, the incredible San Francisco band Lee Press-On and the Nails perform "Jumpin' with Symphony Sid" and "How Long Must I Wait for You" in their live shows in renditions that sound like direct homages to Joe Jackson.
This album still rocks the house, and it has aged better than 90% of the music from the early 1980s. It still sounds fresh, fun, and energetic, and seems to leap out of the speakers and crash right into your living room (especially with the superb re-mastering; it sounds better than it ever has). Swing is timeless music that every generation discovers and re-discovers, and Joe Jackson knew exactly how to maintain that quality in his covers. These aren't "modernizations" of the music, but THE music, just as it was enjoyed in 1930s and 1940s.
On the back of the album cover is a brief blurb the Jackson wrote in 1998 about how he got together his band (seven pieces) and recorded the album. Jackson, a man who seems to have experimented with every musical genre imaginable, sings and plays the vibes. The band isn't quite as sharp as the musicians on the originals, but they're skilled and more than make up for it with enthusiasm.
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe me, this really swings March 3, 2004
By Vranjo
Format:Audio CD
Joe Jackson helped shape the sound of popular/punk music in the 1970s, and his first three albums are huge landmarks. But, as musical accomplishments go, even Jackson's early work pales in comparison to the much lesser-known "Jumpin' Jive," which was Jackson's fourth album (recorded in 1981). In a complete departure from anything Jackson did before (or after), this album erupts with interpretations of well-known jazz songs from the swing era of the 1940s.
"Jumpin' Jive" focuses primarily on songs made famous by two jazz artists - Cab Calloway and Louis Jordan. As Jackson emphasizes in the album's liner notes, this is NOT the intellectual, cool jazz that has come to dominate the modern jazz scene. Instead, "Jumpin' Jive" focuses on the witty, exuberant music that Calloway and Jordan helped to popularize.
Jackson claims that these songs were originally more likely to be heard in a whorehouse than in a concert hall, and I think this helps to emphasize the wild, unrestrained, and sometimes even bawdy quality of this album (well, bawdy by 1940s standards). But let's not forget that many of these songs were top-ten hits of their time (including a few number ones), so I suspect they had a listening audience beyond that era's dens of iniquity.
I'm a big fan of Calloway and Jordan, so it almost hurts me to say that on almost every cut from "Jumpin' Jive" Jackson out-swings the originals. Jackson didn't have to worry about creating music that people could actually dance to all night long, so he was able to record the songs at a much faster tempo than the original versions. As a result, the brass is really blowing steam, the drums are kicking like a bucking bronco, and the vocals are roaring around the track.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic - just buy it! December 13, 2003
By Wriddle
Format:Audio CD
I was introduced to this disk when I was at college and it's been a favorite for over 15 years! There aren't too many disks I can say that for.
They say, "it don't mean a thing if it ain't got that swing" and this disk certainly has plenty of great rhythm. You'll enjoy the uptempo drumming, cool bass lines, and lots of precise well-placed brass!
Jazz/swing/jive are big areas of music but this disk is a great way to get introduced. You'll hear several Louis Jordan numbers (as well as others), performed with all the fun and energy that Louis had in his originals.
This disk has a very live feel to it, despite being a studio work, and Joe really shines. I also feel that he respects the numbers as well as performing them to the max.
Jive isn't everybody's thing, but if you're reading this then you're probably interested! I don't think there's a bad track on this disk - you'll enjoy it.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Believe me, this really swings March 3, 2004
By Vranjo
Format:Audio CD
Joe Jackson helped shape the sound of popular/punk music in the 1970s, and his first three albums are huge landmarks. But, as musical accomplishments go, even Jackson's early work pales in comparison to the much lesser-known "Jumpin' Jive," which was Jackson's fourth album (recorded in 1981). In a complete departure from anything Jackson did before (or after), this album erupts with interpretations of well-known jazz songs from the swing era of the 1940s.
"Jumpin' Jive" focuses primarily on songs made famous by two jazz artists - Cab Calloway and Louis Jordan. As Jackson emphasizes in the album's liner notes, this is NOT the intellectual, cool jazz that has come to dominate the modern jazz scene. Instead, "Jumpin' Jive" focuses on the witty, exuberant music that Calloway and Jordan helped to popularize.
Jackson claims that these songs were originally more likely to be heard in a whorehouse than in a concert hall, and I think this helps to emphasize the wild, unrestrained, and sometimes even bawdy quality of this album (well, bawdy by 1940s standards). But let's not forget that many of these songs were top-ten hits of their time (including a few number ones), so I suspect they had a listening audience beyond that era's dens of iniquity.
I'm a big fan of Calloway and Jordan, so it almost hurts me to say that on almost every cut from "Jumpin' Jive" Jackson out-swings the originals. Jackson didn't have to worry about creating music that people could actually dance to all night long, so he was able to record the songs at a much faster tempo than the original versions. As a result, the brass is really blowing steam, the drums are kicking like a bucking bronco, and the vocals are roaring around the track.
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5.0 out of 5 stars stick it in the player
Fluency ..maturity and full of surprises.another outing on the mark and
Off to the races..urging the listener to keep up.
Published 1 month ago by the X man
5.0 out of 5 stars Jumpin' Jive ROCKS
I used to own this on cassette tape, so to hear it sound clear and crisp has been an utter joy. Fantastic album!!!
Published 2 months ago by Yvette Carol
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Published 2 months ago by Robert P Cleary
5.0 out of 5 stars Reap These Righteous Riffs!
I'm listening to this remastered version for the fourth time in a row, and liking it as much as when I bought this album the week it came out in 1981. Read more
Published 11 months ago by K. Swanson
5.0 out of 5 stars Underrated Classic
Years ahead of its time, this forgotten Jackson album remains my favorite album of standards by anyone. Jose's voice suits this style of music, and his band is ace! Read more
Published 15 months ago by Uncle E
5.0 out of 5 stars Rico's View!
Great music. Makes a person want to get up and dance. I am a old Rock n Roller but this music gets my toes a tappin!
Published 20 months ago by RJC
5.0 out of 5 stars One of Joe's best albums
This is an album you can track through -- or in this case -- play through. Jumpin' Jive puts the zing in swing on the music. A must have for my Jackson collection.
Published 21 months ago by C. Carmichael
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Jackson's Jumpin Jive
I love this CD. Jackson and his band do an authentic interpretation of the music while having fun with it. You can't sit still when you hear it.
Published on November 21, 2011 by Janet Price
5.0 out of 5 stars Joe Is Jumpin On The Not-So-Mellow Side
As Joe Jackson stated himself stated so directly in the liner notes to this album in his father's day jazz was not respectable music at all,often referred to as "whorehouse music"... Read more
Published on February 25, 2011 by Andre S. Grindle
5.0 out of 5 stars second best JJ album
Jumpin' Jive was introduced to me as a 3 song medley in an interlude of the 1986 Big World concert and I was hooked. Read more
Published on February 17, 2009 by iPodHound
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