Studio album by
RecordedDecember 1982 to February 1983
Cherokee Studios, Hollywood, CA
GenrePop, show tunes
LabelWarner Bros.
ProducerSteve Goldman
Van Dyke Parks chronology
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Tokyo Rose

Jump! is a studio album by the American musician Van Dyke Parks, released in 1984 on Warner Bros. Records.[1][2] The album is a retelling of Joel Chandler Harris's Uncle Remus tales.[3] Parks mixes numerous musical styles, including bluegrass, Tin Pan Alley, 1930s jazz, and Broadway musical.

Critical reception

Professional ratings
Review scores
The Philadelphia Inquirer[3]
Rolling Stone[5]

The New York Times wrote that the music "has the effervescence and tunefulness of the best scores for Disney films."[6] The Fresno Bee determined that "this musical-without-a-stage fuses Gershwin, ragtime, a little light opera and precious little contemporary pop into an intriguing work."[7]

Track listing

All lyrics written by Martin Fyodr Kibbee and Van Dyke Parks, except where noted; all music composed by Van Dyke Parks.

  1. "Jump!" (instrumental) – 2:02
  2. "Opportunity for Two" – 3:16
  3. "Come Along" – 3:26
  4. "I Ain't Goin' Home" – 3:45
  5. "Many a Mile to Go" – 3:42
  6. "Taps" (instrumental) – 2:16
  7. "An Invitation to Sin" – 3:20
  8. "Home" (Lyrics: Terry Gilkyson and Parks) – 2:55
  9. "After the Ball" – 3:52
  10. "Look Away" (Lyrics: Parks) – 4:03
  11. "Hominy Grove" – 3:26



  1. ^ Catlin, Roger (April 10, 1984). "After eight years of silence, songwriter Van Dyke Parks...". Omaha World-Herald.
  2. ^ Shefchik, Rick (March 18, 1984). "Van Dyke Parks, Jump!". Lexington Herald-Leader. Knight-Ridder.
  3. ^ a b Lloyd, Jack (2 Mar 1984). "Albums". The Philadelphia Inquirer. p. E22.
  4. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "AllMusic review". Rovi Corporation. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  5. ^ Shewey, Don (1984-03-29). "Rolling Stone review". Rolling Stone. Archived from the original on 2008-08-04. Retrieved 2011-11-23.
  6. ^ Holden, Stephen (6 Apr 1984). "Van Dyke Parks, Pop Eccentric, at Bottom Line". The New York Times. p. C24.
  7. ^ Barton, David (March 18, 1984). "Van Dyke Parks Jump". Scene. The Fresno Bee. p. F.