Brian Setzer enjoyed a bit of a career renaissance during the mid-'90s with his Brian Setzer Orchestra, and the success carried over into the popularity of his live show. Long considered one of rock's top guitarists, Setzer issued a solo live disc in 2001, Jumpin' East of Java: Live in Japan, which saw Setzer perform tracks from his the Stray Cats and Orchestra days, along with some old-time standards. Setzer's big-band accompaniment adds muscle to the Stray Cats classic "Rock This Town," and the track that helped touch off the swing revival craze of the '90s, "Jump, Jive, An' Wail," gets an airing as well. Setzer also gets to show off his surf guitar chops on the set-opening cover of "Hawaii Five-O."
AllMusic Review by Greg Prato