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CD: Groove Jumping! Various Artists

Groove
Jumping!
Various
Artists
No
Good Lover 2:57 Strange Kind of Feeling 2:08 Bottle it Up and Go 2:27
Boot ‘Em Up 2:39 Talk That Talk 2:32 Lawdy Miss Mary 2:38 Worried
‘Bout You Baby 2:41
Dat
Dat De Dum Dum 2:10 Radar 2:37 How Come 2:36 Dead Broke 2:45
Speed
King 2:44 Smack Dab in the Middle 2:35
The
album just jumps right in and gets moving. I guess you could refer to
it as a duet of sorts.
No
Good Lover is

much more of a fight or the two different sides that caused a
breakup. It’s definitely a toe tapper maybe even a take off your
hat, put on your spurs and jump out on the floor; all the while
preparing yourself for a bull about to be released.
Strange
Kind of Feeling,

is my kind of music. It kinda brings me back to those years I spent
in New Orleans. It almost sounds like the two songs are from
different bands. A saxophone and piano drive the song. It’s a mix
of southern jazz and blues. At this point I’m dying to listen to
the rest of the album.
I
just had to check it out. It’s a discography. They are different
bands or musical acts that all seem to be from longtime years passed
by. I’m just going to go through one-by-one and add in the artists
later. That just seems more fitting. Obviously, they wouldn’t have
made it onto this album if they didn’t deserve it, so this one is
going to e hard. Next up,
Bottle
it up and Go

has the chaotic extremes of a hard driving piano, a throaty jazz
singer and a sax that I could just imagine was one of those late
night “Get the F#@k out!!” songs. You can’t stay here so grab a
bottle and hit the door. I really wish I had this song on the jukebox
at a dive bar I used to work at down in the French Quarter. There
were many nights, or mornings, it could’ve come in real handy.
Boot
‘Em Up
,
slows it down a little and takes you into early Ska music. Kinda
makes me think of rag tag suits and bowler hats. So far, this is my
favorite song on the album. The energy and message that gets across
of “We’re gonna have a root-an-tooting time…We’re gonna have
a ball.”The sax leads you back into a speakeasy, or maybe the
scratchy vocals swing open the door of a juke joint where race and
gender blend on the dance floor for all to walk away with that
feeling of an unmatchable memory.
Lawdy
Miss Mary,

comes after that with a different sound. This is a much more 1950’s
mainstream style. It brings to mind the picture of driving around in
a ’57 Chevy with doo-wop on every street corner and the soda
fountains still the norm on Main Street.
Worried
‘Bout You Baby,

comes from that same bygone era. Probably, originating in the African
American parts of the Midwest or the south but crossed those “tracks”
during the civil rights era or before to help sort of bridge the
divide.

Dat
Dat De Dum Dum
,
must be a pre Elvis song. I know a lot of the music that he performed
was from the African American R&B that never could cross over due
to the racial divide. Either influenced or thrust into this genre the
similarities between the two are just two close to be ignored.
Radar,
How Come, and Dead Broke

are lyrically fantastic songs, unlike the others on the album so far
these mainly focus on the various stories surrounding the titles.
Speed
King,
is
more of an actual song with refrain and all.
The
one constant that I could find through the album were the saxophone
parts, piano, and rather rough and tough R&B lyrics. So now the
artists; Mickey and Sylvia sang
No
Good Lover

they were an R&B duet from the 1950’s-60’s, Tiny Kennedy sang
Strange
Kind of Feeling,

Big John Greer a saxophonist from the late 1940s sang
Bottle
it Up and Go,

The Dew Droppers sang five songs on the album, Mr. Bear was a
saxophonist/band leader/composer from New York City who sang
Radar
and
How
Come,
Roy
‘Mr. Guitar’ Gaines a singer and songwriter sang
Dat
Dat De Dum Dum,
and
The Five Keys sang
Lawdy
Miss Mary.
This
really is a must have album with music and songs from a bygone era
that doesn’t get much play or recognition of how important it was
on the culture of R&B and just play music in general. This should
be taught in high school as a music appreciation course mixed in with
history. Sure, it may seem so old fashioned to most but add the
stories, analyze the lyrics and study the times and it may just add
some depth to the music being put out. These weren’t times when
someone gave you a sheet and a tune and told you to lend your voice
for some money.
Jeremy
Frost for Country Music News International

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