Out of the Blue is a very apt title for this album. Jack de Keyzer was just starting out in Hamilton and Pat Finochio was a fellow student of the blues. They lost touch and only recently reconnected when Finochio asked if he would produce an album on him. Jack discovered that the songs Finochio had written were so good he had to record them. So here we get Finochio on vocals & drums with Jack and his band in a program of well-written, traditional blues that more than justifies Jack’s decision. That band is Alan Duffy on bass, Nick Succi, keys and Richard Thornton, sax. They just smoke on the rocking opener “Medicine Man” – he’ll be the cure for her broken heart. You’ll also like “Big Old Broken Heart”, a fine slab of 50’s rock ‘n’ roll. An attractive rhumba rhythm graces “I Need You in My Life”, with Steve Marrinerguesting on harmonica and Jack on acoustic. “Love Gone Blind” is a fine slow blues. With Marriner guesting on a couple more songs, the result is an album of ‘honest, well-lived Chicago-style blues’. Pat Finochio was unknown to me before this album and it doesn’t appear that he has a web site that I can send you to. These songs and this album should raise his profile considerably. And, of course, with the Jack de Keyzer Band playing this well, you will need this one anyway.

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