Children's music receives a big band makeover from Australia.
Kids have it easy these days: The Internet. CD burners. mp3s. iPods. DVDs. Back in my day, we had to sit through the John Denver wanna-be's as our musical visitors. But today's grade-school brats? No, they have Kinderjazz. Although Kinderjazz haven't toured America's Pokemon-fueled cafeterias yet, you know it's only a matter of time before these spoiled children receive a free performance from a 12-piece jazz orchestra.
Yes, you heard right: Kinderjazz is not a one-man (or one-woman) act with an acoustic guitar on one hand and a songbook of frosty snowmen and puffy dragons on the other. This is a real group of professionals skillfully square dancing from jazz to swing to world beat, unified by their affection for fairy tales and playground good times. The tropical "The Conga Man" is the most giddy blast of island cheer since Harry Belafonte's "The Banana Boat Song (Day-O)" while the hilarious "Bugs in My Body" reinvigorates swing with its comical touch and easily catchy, slightly bent lyrics.
The blazing horns and infectious energy of "Jump" will make it highly appealing to P.E. classes while "Rapunzel" has one of the most inspired twisted vocals you'll hear on any children's record. Clearly, this stuff was made to attract adults as well, who might even notice the Klaus Nomi and B-52's influence on "The Pied Piper of Hamelin."