Personnel: David Waldman, Michael Hanson, Jacob Klock, Dradley Watson (violin); Summer Rhodes, Catherine Hanson (viola); Jim Todd, Cedra Kuehn (cello); Hubert Laws (flute, bass flute); Bob Rebholz (flute, saxophone); John Street (clarinet); Dawn Kramer (trumpet); Darren Kramer (trombone); Christian Teele (drums, percussion); Todd Buffa, Linda Lawson, Mark Oblinger (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Mark Oblinger; Steve Barta.
Recording information: Airshow Mastering, Boulder, CO; Coupe Ridge Studios, Boulder, CO; Entourage Studios, Los Angeles, CA; Palms Studios, Las Vegas, NV; Rocky Mtn Recorders, Denver, CO.
Authors: Linda Lawson; Mark Oblinger.
Editor: Mark Oblinger.
Illustrator: Roger Huyssen.
The illustrations on the cover don't promise too much, but Jumpin Jazz Kids ends up quite the swinging success, thanks of course to the contributions of its musical guests, starring Al Jarreau, Hubert Laws, and Dee Dee Bridgewater. Ably narrated by James Murray, the disc alternates tracks of story narratives with songs; while the lyrics aren't worthy of Gershwin or Porter, Jarreau and Bridgewater especially show off their performing chops with verve. ~ John Bush