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Big Rude Jake
Big Rude Jake
(Roadrunner)
by Sarah Zupko


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Last year everyone was asking me if swing were just another passing fad. Well in terms of media exposure and hype, of course it is. But you know this stuff has been around since at least the 1930s in one form or another, so in that sense, it’s probably less of a flash in the pan than ska.


Big Rude Jake is certainly no Johnny-Come-Lately to the currently hipper-than-hip swing scene. Nine years of peddling his heady mixture of jump blues and cabaret pop in clubs across Canada precedes this first American release. Less rockabilly and more jump blues than the Deluxtone Rockets, Big Rude Jake rips through an infectious set with his lounge-tinged vocals and rocking rhythm section.


With a heaping helping of turbo-charged rock’n'roll-meets-jump blues, the Deluxtone Rockets swing and swagger through a raucous set and sound that the Cherry Poppin’ Daddies rode straight to the bank with “Zoot Suit Riot.” There’s no shortage of energy or enthusiasm on this debut, but the arrangements could stand a bit more variety. I was loving this disc for about 5 tracks and then it started becoming just a tad repetitive. Still, the band members are quite good musicians and Johnny “The Ace” Rocketti’s rockabilly roar of a voice makes the songs bump and grind in a way that will make modern swing and psychobilly fans swarm the dancefloor.

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