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Mitch Woods and his Rocket 88s
Jump for Joy

With Jump for Joy (Bling Pig), Mitch Woods expands his normal set-up to include a much bigger barrage of horns, and the results are effective. Michael Peloquin¹s arrangements are one of the album's chief strengths, and the playing is solid by all involved.

The first song, "Jump In The Groove And Go," is a fun and frenetic uptempo number with rootsy hand-claps. Right out of the gate, Woods establishes himself as a cool, robust vocalist, and he sustains his smooth delivery throughout. His piano work sounds deceptively simple, free of pyrotechnics but anchoring, grooving, and true to the jump blues idiom.

Mitch and his band handle all tempos well, from the nearly breakneck opener, to the ultra-smooth tunes "Easy Street" and "Jump For Joy," all the way to the '60s 'batcave' rock flavor on "Jive Mr. Boogie." There's even a dash of New Orleans seasoning on the verses of "Not a Bad Part of My Life (to Be Good)."

The songwriting, although able and true to the style, does cross the line to pastiche on occasion. It's tough to write new tunes in an old flavor without sounding imitative at times. But the numbers are so well executed that to lean on this would be splitting hairs. This album is meant to be danced to, and dancers will enjoy its overall flavor and infectious bounce, thanks to a rock-solid band and a leader who stylistically walks the walk.

-Chris Orbach

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