Reviews 2004
J Street Jumpers - Good for Stompin'
Written by Dante Murphy   
J Street Jumpers - Good for StompinWashington DC's J Street Jumpers are back, with a release that plays like a best-of collection. Featuring great swing, blues, and jazz numbers, Good for Stompin' is an accurately named treat.
Duke Ellington - Piano in the Foreground
Written by Frankie Hagan   
Duke Ellington - Piano in the ForegroundCulled from sessions recorded in LA and NY between 1956 to 1961, the album features the Duke, himself, playing with a minimalist ensemble, so that the full measure of his musicianship can be enjoyed.
Dean Martin - Dino, The Essential Dean Martin
Written by Will "the Thrill" Viharo   

Dean Martin - Dino - The Essential Dean MartinThis collection, the first to combine the hits from both his early Capitol years and his later Reprise era, captures Dino's legacy and laid back, laconic musical style.

Written by Frankie Hagan   

NuttyThe self-titled release CD from Nutty promises the listener "spiked rock classics from a cool cocktail jazz tumbler," and what you get is an odd, smartly chosen assortment of party standards that will leave a permanent smirk on the face of a music lover who appreciates risk takers, warped though they may be.

The Moonlighters - Hello Heartstring
Written by Susan Halteman   
The Moonlighters - Hello HeartstringDrawing on the roots of Hawaiiana as a popular fad in the 1920s and '30s, the Moonlighters combine traditional island instruments and rhythms with early jazz and more modern folk to produce a swingy and sophisticated album. Reminiscent of the Hot Club of Cowtown and early Squirrel Nut Zippers, the tunes are a mix of jumpin' island-style blues and swaying ballads.
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