This month, we present one of the year’s biggest hits, from an album that figured impressively in MD’s 1984 Readers Poll. “Jump,” from Van Halen’s 1984, is unabashedly good-time, hard rock, but not without some interesting highlights. Note the interesting alternation of cymbal cup and hi-hat (measures 17 and 18 of letter A, and measures 9 and 10 of letter B), and the creative, syncopated interplay between the ride/crash and the snare/bass at letter C. Alex seems to be enjoying himself here-playing straight-ahead rock with a creative flair.
Jumpby Van Halen
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