January 28, 2009

Jump Back Jake: Brooklyn Hustle / Memphis Muscle

Jump Back Jake describe themselves as a Modern Memphis Rock N' Soul band. And they are. Their album Brooklyn Hustle / Memphis Muscle is filled with brass augmented rock that will make your head bob up and down in appreciation.

Founded by Jake Rabinbach in 2006 the band set out to revive the sound of The Hawks (better known as The Band in later years) with a Muscle Shoals feel. It's a tall order, but they live up to it. Mashing rock with gospel in a track like Samson ("If I had my way / I would be like Samson / I’d be fighting them lions, boys /Straight on down to the ground") and bad ass bluesman lines in opener Easy Answers ("You knew it would be easy rebounding in Memphis / When you knew all the boys already / Same old fool had his eye on you / Since before we was going steady / That was high school, baby / Back off kid I ain’t got no lies to sell you / If there’s one thing that you don’t need, honey It’s a hard luck education") this band goes for the body and soul. You don't need to believe in of some God, but in the power of music, you better believe.

Jump Back Jake:
Jake Rabinbach: guitar, vocals
Greg Faison: drums
Jake Vest: guitar, vocals
Brandon Robertson: bass
Nahshon Benford: trumpet
Paul Morelli: sax

Jump Back Jake: Brooklyn Hustle / Memphis Muscle

Brooklyn Hustle / Memphis Muscle is released on Ardent Music. Buy it from the band's website.

Tracks:
  1. Easy Answers
  2. The Flood
  3. Too Cool For Love
  4. Terrible Mistakes
  5. Tennessee Maybe
  6. Samson
  7. Say A Prayer
  8. I Won't Leave The House
  9. Pay Out On The Front End
  10. Treasure
  11. Don't Wanna Go
  12. X-Mas Time
Live dates:
  • 02/27 The Buccaneer, Memphis, TN
  • 03/18 SXSW, Austin, TX
  • 03/19 SXSW, Austin, TX
  • 03/20 SXSW, Austin, TX
  • 03/21 SXSW, Austin, TX

» jumpbackjake.com
» myspace.com/jumpbackjake

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