Joe Jackson is one of the most unique musicians in British pop history.
Coming out of the punk musical revolution he immediately got noticed for his skill in combining pop-rock with great taste and dislike of stereotypes. In a stellar career during which he only followed what he believed was musically coherent, he started with iconic records like “Look Sharp!” and “I’m The Man” that do today still sound as if they were coming from one of the alternative rock bands that 25 years later would be considered the “new thing”.
Later in his career Jackson was not afraid to mix influences from jazz, classic and Latin music to his original sound (in albums like “Body And Soul” or the masterpiece “Night and Day”). Never repeating himself and always giving his devoted fans albums where his intelligent lyrics were supported by great musical ideas Joe Jackson became one of the most respected and admired artists of our time. He constantly plays live for a fanbase that is like a “secret society” ready to follow Joe Jackson in any new musical adventure. Joe Jackson is currently working on an adventurous and exciting new studio album, dedicated to the music legacy of Duke Ellington to be released later this year on earMUSIC.
Joe Jackson went back on the road at the end of 2010, playing shows as trio (with Graham Maby on bass and Dave Houghton on drums) all over Europe. Without any new product to promote, he ended up playing a big number of sold out shows, with the usual great response from his devoted fans. As always, Joe Jackson enriched songs spanning his whole career with new arrangements, making the old songs “new”, once again. Classics like ‘Steppin’ Out’, ‘Got The Time’ or ‘A Slow Song’ but also original cover versions of some of his idols’ tunes - David Bowie’s ‘Scary Monsters’, ‘Inbetweenies’ by Ian Dury and The Blockheads and a stunning version of The Beatles’ ‘Girl’ with Joe Jackson alone on piano and vocals. The title “Live Music” is not accidental. Even if mixed with extreme care (the sound is warm and rich) the performances you can hear on this record are exactly what happened on stage - a rare thing in an era of re-recorded live albums. Definitely, one of the best documents of Joe Jackson live, giving you the feeling to be away only a few meters from the stage. The songs are all pop masterpieces and the musicianship is spectacular.