Think Squirrel Nut Zippers with a healthy heaping of country twang and you get a pretty good idea what to expect from Washington, D.C. based back alley jazz collective Bumper Jacksons The six-piece outfit figure to raise their profile considerably with the release of splendid sophomore full-length album “Too Big World.”
Centered around vintage jazz aficionado Jess Eliot Myhre (clarinet, vocals, washboard) and bluegrass wiz Chris Ousley (guitar, vocals), Bumper Jacksons soar on this 16-track, 60-minute set. Alex Lacquement (upright bass), Brian Pierre (trombone), Dave Hadley (pedal steel) and Dan Cohan (drums) round out the lineup.
The band creates a party atmosphere that manages to thrive throughout the entire album. Along the way are stellar originals like “Coffee Mama,” “Adventure Story,” “I’ve Got My Whiskey (I Don’t Need You),” “Pretty Mama Put a Spell on Me,” “I Learned I Was Wrong” and “Hell Is Hot!” Bumper Jacksons also deliver the goods with covers of traditional tunes such as “Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down,” “Jubilee,” “Trouble in Mind” and “The Dying Californian.” Enjoy, y’all. (Jeffrey Sisk)