With the exception of Louis Jordan's "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens" all the tracks are written by members of One Jump Ahead. First up is the title track, "One Foot in the Groove", an energetic blues that yearns for earlier times, when live music was king, especially if you knew how to swing! Then "Hey Little Mama" should keep your feet tapping: note the contributions from the Moron Tavern Knackered Choir! An instrumental follows which is an "answer" tune to a famous Thelonius Monk standard. Steve, who wrote it and whose guitar features strongly, calls it "Well You Didn't" but you could describe it as "Django meets Monk, then trips over Billy Strayhorn"! "Messing Around With the Blues" was originally recorded with an earlier line-up of the band as "Fun With the Blues" but has been worked on a little as well as re-titled. You can listen to the words describing the music or just get up and dance to it! Things slow right down then for "High Street Lament", a sad regret for the demise of the once-thriving heart of many town centres featuring beautiful solos from Simon on trumpet and Tracey on tenor sax. We'd originally planned to fade the ending out but decided to leave it as the band's natural musicianship brought things to a rather pleasing, if unconventional, close.
"Five Portions a Day" is encouragement to follow the government guidelines on the consumption of fruit and vegetables - but some people claim that there's a hidden meaning. Can't see it myself. In contrast to the simplicity of that, "Change at Baker Street", by Simon, is perhaps the most ambitious track on the album, featuring some carefully crafted horn arrangements, jazzy chord changes and a lively tempo. If you understand the hidden meaning of this one - shame on you! Also in a jazzy mood but a cooler one is the instrumental, "Number 22". A slower version of this was also recorded which had its own charms but the medium paced one best complemented the rest of the album. The confusion that can arise over the secondary meanings of certain words is explored next in "Not That Kind of Swinger", which we hope appeals to all kinds of swinger - but especially jivers.
"It's a Beautiful Day" reflects the writer's personality and she steps into the spotlight here with the lead vocal, as well as contributing the words, music and a solo on baritone sax. Simon's second song, "Rainy Day Woman", then transports us through a Blue Note cityscape featuring solos from himself and Perry. "This Old Dog" is Kit Packham's claim that those of us no longer in the first flush of youth can still acquire new skills, despite the popular saying contradicting that view. To close the album, there's a song from Louis Jordan's repertoire which the band has been playing since their very first gig in 1984 - "Ain't Nobody Here But Us Chickens".