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Jack DeKeyzer shows subtle taste and feel on new live CD

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Two time Juno award winning Toronto bluesman Jack DeKeyzer is a Canadian treasure and he is ready to boogie on his new live CD “Voodoo Boogie.” Click here to Hear Jack DeKeyzer

 Throughout the CD, which was recorded in Hamilton back  on May 1, 2009, he has a very subtle, and often jazzy feel to his guitar playing.

 The show includes a variety of  DeKeyzer  originals and various jams on blues classics like “Shake your Moneymaker” and “You Shook Me,” obscurities like  J.B Lenoir’s “ Voodoo Woman” and he gets to show off his soulful voice on  R and B classic “Heard it through the Grapevine.”

 He shows  off his jazz chops on “Cinderella,”but cuts loose on a seven minute jam on “Cinderella” which features a tasty saxophone solo from Chris Murphy which draws  some polite applause from the audience and a drum solo.

  The rhythm section, bassist Allan Duffy and drummer David Colter play in the pocket throughout especially on “Cinderella.”
DeKeyzer has an amazing, tasteful feel throughout the set,  which focuses on material from his first two CD and blues classics but shows some impressive licks like on “Pleasure is My Business.”
 He shows some rock and roll roots on “Rock Till You drop,” which features an upbeat boogie woogie piano solo from  David  “Groove Dr.” McMorrow who also adds also vintage organ throughout the CD adding extra musical colours.

I love his  toe tapping take on Elmore James’ “Shake Your Moneymaker.”
He isn’t afraid to sit back and relax a little like on his jazzy, laid back and groovy cover of ”All Along the Watchtower.”
The J.B Lenoir cover of “Voodoo Boogie” and “C.O.D, ” which doesn’t appear anywhere else in his back catalogue,  is a highlight as is the beautiful version of  the slow blues “ You Shook Me” which lets him cut loose on guitar.
The entire CD is  a beautiful slice of blues, capturing   the man in his element— on stage.

— By Richard Amery, L.A. Beat Editor
CD: Voodoo Boogie
Artist: Jack DeKeyzer
Genre: Blues
Record label: Blue Star Records
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