Jack de Keyzer returns to Hugh’s Room Live on September 23rd with this wonderful compilation in hand. Drawn from throughout his storied, twenty-four-year career this immediately becomes a ‘must have’. For this set, he has re-mastered and re-mixed the songs and added one from his side-career as a first call guitarist for Electro-Fi Records plus three previously unreleased tunes. As this collection conclusively proves, and as his many fans already know, Jack’s mastery of different styles is his strongest suit – his blend of blues with soul and jazz is unique. The big band blues of “Music Is The Food Of Love” starts off followed by the Latin blues of “Soul Lover”. “Ride With Me” is a classic driving rocking blues. “Blues Thing” might have come from one of Albert King’s Stax discs done Whitby style. The magnificent slow blues “Engine Trouble” gets featured in almost every live show, here we get the original from Six String Lover. After the Stones/Stax “High On Your Love”, comes the songwriting award winning slow blues “That’s The Only Time”. BB King was channeled for “Gambler’s Blues” to great effect. “Cotton Candy” goes back to his Rock‘n Roll days, as do several others here. “Who Let The Cat Out Of The Bag” comes from the Willie “Big Eyes” Smith CD, Juke Joint Rockers, featuring Jack singing on a swinging group vocal blues. “Nothing In The World” was a country hit for him, we get an R&B version done live (at Hugh’s Room) on Silver Blues, the original was on Hard Working Man, from 1991. The first unreleased song is the most recent, a live performance from the 2014 Waterfront Blues Festival here. It’s another fine slow blues, “My Love Has Gone”, worth the price of admission alone. It’s followed by another live song, from The Corktown Sessions, the rocking “The Way That I Love You”. Also unreleased is “Hard Working Man”, a funky number that didn’t make it to Silver Blues, you have it now. Next up we go all the back to his earliest, rockabilly days and a live CBC recording of “Rock‘n Roll Girl”. The generous, seventy-minute set ends with 1991’s “Blue Train”, his first hit, dedicated to and about Muddy Waters. Jack has attracted many of our best players for his bands over those years, too many to list, needless to say that they all contribute mightily. Get your tickets to the Hugh’s Room show and stay in touch at www.jackdekeyzer.com.

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