Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element

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Wally, born in Brooklyn, New York, first sang in the choir of the Ezekiel Baptist Church at the age of 10. He honed his style in such classic cult bands as the Fulton Funk essentials and the Notorious Tornado Brothers.
The name "Jump" is part of a long-standing tradition in dance music. The great Aretha Franklin used it twice, in "Jump To It" and the "Sparkle" soundtrack's "Jump". We all remember the Pointer Sisters' deathless "Jump (For My Love)" and even Van Halen's "Jump". In the earlier periods of rock and pre-rock, there were classics like "Jumpin' Jack Flash", "One O'Clock Jump", and Brenda Lee's obscure but long-remembered "Let's Jump The Broomstick".
The injustice notwithstanding, jail made Wally a wiser man in many respects, and it was there that he found a group of peers and colleagues with whom he formed the Band The Criminal Element. Back on the street after the actual hijacker confessed the crime, Wally played sessions with Fats Comet and R.T. & The Rockmen, in anticipation of the other band members' release from incarceration.
In 1986, the fully-reassembled group approached producer Arthur Baker, who was then forming a new label, to create a street medley based on the Dhar Braxton Hit, "Jump Back (Set Me Free)". Baker jumped at the idea, and brought along his own circle of players and co-producers to participate, resulting in a tight but understandably loose aggregration of musicians and writers - the classic combination of muscle and brains.

By Brian Chin, Billboard Magazine, July, 1987
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Albums

CRLP 101 Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element - Don't Push Your Luck album art Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element Don't Push Your Luck (Album) Criminal Records CRLP 101 US 1987 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

B-20.1162 (VIC-304) Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element - Ain't Gonna Pay One Red Cent album art Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element Ain't Gonna Pay One Red Cent (Single, Maxi) Criminal Records B-20.1162 (VIC-304) Spain 1986 Sell This Version
CRIM 10001 Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element - Jummp-Back album art Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element* Jummp-Back (Single) Club CRIM 10001 US 1986 Sell This Version
CRIM 00006 Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element - Turn Me Loose album art Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element* Turn Me Loose (Maxi, Single) Criminal Records CRIM 00006 US 1986 Sell This Version
USA 621 Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element - Tighten Up (I Just Can't Stop Dancin') album art Wally Jump Jnr. & The Criminal Element* Tighten Up (I Just Can't Stop Dancin') (Single, Maxi) Breakout USA 621 UK 1987 Sell This Version
USA 624 Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element - Private Party album art Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element Private Party (Maxi, Single) Criminal Records USA 624 UK 1987 Sell This Version
USAT 648 Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element - Thieves album art Wally Jump Junior & The Criminal Element* Thieves (Single) Breakout, A&M Records USAT 648 UK 1988 Sell This Version
CR 12-026 Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element - Sworn To Fun album art Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element* Sworn To Fun Criminal Records CR 12-026 US 1988 Sell This Version
CRIM 00006 Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element - Turn Me Loose album art Wally Jump Jr. & The Criminal Element* Turn Me Loose(12", TP) Hub-Servall Record Mfg. Corp. CRIM 00006 US Unknown Sell This Version

Compilations

HTCD 9717-2 Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element - Private Party album art Wally Jump Jr & The Criminal Element Private Party(CD, Comp) Criminal Records HTCD 9717-2 US 1995 Sell This Version