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Jump 4 Joy
Cutest Lil' Boogie

Since 1990, Sweden's Jump 4 Joy have been swinging in clubs and at various music festivals across Europe. And despite living an ocean away from the birthplace of jazz, these cats do boogie-woogie old school style. Cutest Lil' Boogie (Last Buzz Records), Jump 4 Joy's fourth release, pays homage to the classic 1940s-1950s blues legends in the vein of Big Joe Turner, Fats Domino, and Louis Jordan.

Completely guitar-free, Cutest Lil' Boogie is supported solely by piano, bass, drums and saxophone. The album opens with two high-speed numbers, "Shake Shake" and "Jump For Joy," followed by the super-smooth boogie shuffle "Three Times a Fool" that's bound to fill the dance floors. Ranging from fast-paced boogie to midtempo shuffles and slow walkers, Cutest Lil' Boogie is a fair follow up to the band's year 2000 release Keep It Up, although the new album seems to shift midstream. Halfway through the album, the ensemble's motivation seems to have waned and the music becomes more two- dimensional. "Snuff Dipping Mamma," "Just Cause I Left You," "Tee Nah Nah" and "True Love" pull down an otherwise strong collection. Although I still have high hopes for Jump 4 Joy, I feel like I only got a sample of what they are capable of on Cutest Lil' Boogie.

-Smilin' Buddha Joe

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