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Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Blue Star Records artist: Jack de Keyzer - Tribute - New Release Review

 I just had the opportunity to review the most recent release, Tribute, from Jack De Keyser and it's  straight up rocker. Opening with the driving, Are You Ready?, De keyser on lead vocal and guitar is joined by Alan Duffy on bass, Nick Succi in piano and organ and Peter Grimmer on drums. De Keyser has a distinctive and particularly active guitar style and this is a solid opener. With the addition of Richard Thornton on sax, On the Money has a funky sound along the lines of Stax but with great blues guitar soloing. Very cool. Coming Up has a definite driving rock beat with traces of Don Nix and Jeff Beck. Duffy's romping bass line accented by Succi on piano and de keyser's scorching guitar soloing makes this my favorite on the release. Supernatural has a Spanish flavor and with it's smooth melody, works nicely with Carlos Santana like guitar riffs. Blues ballad, You Turned My World to Blue, will be my choice for radio track on this release with it's catchy melody and Gary Moore like guitar approach. I do like the slide work on this track which sets it off nicely. Just For The Funk is a particularly interesting track with a JG Watson or Walter Wolfman Washington feel. With it's New Orleans funky rhythm and jazzy guitar riffs, another favorite on the release. A more traditional Chicago style blues, If My Baby Left Me will appeal to most blues listeners with it's 12 bar format and cool guitar riffs. Very nice. Wrapping the release is Forever, a cool rocker with traces of Clapton and Hendrix. This is an interesting release with a variety of blues rock approaches. Check it out. 

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