Jump with Joey

Come...

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A showcase for all that Jump With Joey have accomplished so far, although Come is not a greatest-hits collection, but a compendium drawn from their past albums. Five tracks are pulled from three of the band's sets, illustrating in reverse chronological order where they are now and where they've been. So from the bottom, the album ends with tracks drawn from their debut full-length Ska-Ba, amongst them their Latin-fired version of Lyn Taitt & the Comets' classic "Storm Warning" and a big band version of Stranger Cole and Ken Boothe's ska masterpiece "Artibella." Of equal note is their own R&B-meets-swing "Hippie Crash Pad," alongside two other equally sensational numbers. After that fabulous introduction, other musicians were jumping to play with Joey, and Generations United boasted a host of guest stars, including ska legends Roland Alphonso and Rico Rodriguez, as well as latter day heroes like Bad Manners' Johnnie T and the Trojans' Gaz Mayall. Needless to say, it's a perfect fit for all concerned, especially the two founding Skatalites who revel in the band's own Latin flavors and trad jazz stylings. Joey return the favor on their latest album Strictly for You, Vol. 2, and with Alphonso again in tow, superbly covered both his own "Provocation," as well as the Skatalites "Bridgeview." This phenomenal set was co-produced by Coxsone Dodd, further emphasizing the high regard the Californians were held in by even the Jamaican originators.

But really that's no surprise, Joey's phenomenal musicianship, fabulous arrangements, and superb songwriting has not only put them on a level far above any other American band, but one nearly equal to the cream of the island's own talent. And Come provides a perfect overview for this magnificent group.

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