Tuesday, March 21

Van Dyke Parks - Jump! (1984)

Wikipedia - "Jump! is a studio album by Van Dyke Parks. It was released in 1984 on Warner Bros.. The album (and its accompanying children's book) is a retelling of Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus tales. Parks mixes numerous musical styles. On Jump! these include bluegrass, Tin Pan Alley, 1930s jazz, and Broadway musical. ..."
Guardian - Van Dyke Parks: 'I was victimised by Brian Wilson's buffoonery'

Wikipedia - "Br'er Rabbit /ˈbrɛər/ (Brother Rabbit), also spelled Bre'r Rabbit or Brer Rabbit or Bruh Rabbit, is a central figure as Uncle Remus tells stories of the Southern United States. Br'er Rabbit is a trickster who succeeds by his wits rather than by brawn, provoking authority figures and bending social mores as he sees fit. ... The Br'er Rabbit stories can be traced back to trickster figures in Africa, particularly the hare that figures prominently in the storytelling traditions in West, Central, and Southern Africa. These tales continue to be part of the traditional folklore of numerous peoples throughout those regions. In the Akan traditions of West Africa, the trickster is usually the spider Anansi, though the plots in his tales are often identical with those of stories of Br'er Rabbit. ..."
W - Br'er Rabbit
Paste Magazine
YouTube: Jump! 36:08

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