Recorded when tenor saxophonist Jimmy Cavallo was 74 years old, these 12 tracks, recorded in 2001, bring authentic jump blues/R&B into the 21st century. In the mid-'50s Cavallo was playing with his band the Houserockers on Allen Freed's legendary rock & roll shows and was featured in the movie Rock, Rock, Rock. While Cavallo put the Houserockers on permanent hiatus, he joined up with Jumpstart, led by guitarist Ron Spencer. While The Houserocker! includes a few originals, the main focus is reviving tried and true classics like "Fanny Brown," "Poor Me," "Bloodshot Eyes," "The Big Beat," and "Good Rockin' Tonight." As a bonus, the disc features a 27-minute interview with Cavallo by Ron Spencer.
AllMusic Review by Al Campbell