Al Copley

Al Copley's Jump On It

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There's nothing particularly blue about Al Copley's blues -- not that there's anything wrong with that. The point of Jump On It is to party, no matter what the tempo. A snappy horn section jabs the rhythm players on classic jump tunes like "Hoy Hoy Hoy" and "I Ain't Gonna Do It," a re-creation of Jerry Lee Lewis's manic crash through "Great Balls of Fire," a medium-tempo sashay over Fats Domino piano triplets on "Someday," a smoky Mose Allison groove on "Stranger in My Hometown," a sly, risqué reading of "The Big Ten Inch Record," and a fresh arrangement of the ultimate good-time track, "Louie Louie." On each cut, Copley sings with a smile on his face, his voice husky and warm, his phrasing impeccably idiomatic. His piano never misses the mark either, from rumbling two-fisted tremolos to last-call, upper-register tinkles. None of it breaks new ground, nor is it deep emotionally; aside from one brief reflection on hate during a pause toward the end of "Send Me Someone to Love," he pretty much keeps his entertainer hat on throughout the whole album. It is, luckily, a perfect and satisfying fit.

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