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Live at Slim's Y-Ki-Ki
Genres: Blues, Folk, World Music, Pop
Keith Frank is arguably the reigning king of the zydeco circuit, his simple, throbbing style derived from Boozoo Chavis. His music is often described as trance inducing, which may be overstating the case somewhat, but it i... more »
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Keith Frank is arguably the reigning king of the zydeco circuit, his simple, throbbing style derived from Boozoo Chavis. His music is often described as trance inducing, which may be overstating the case somewhat, but it is repetitive in the best sense; the songs are short and to the point, and the beat (even more than the accordion) is everything. This is unequivocal dance music, recorded in one of south Louisiana's premier dance halls. Frank plays fat, harmonica- or horn-like lines, each note so carefully chosen it can't help but stand out, but a track like "Why You Wanna Make Me Cry?" displays considerable dexterity. He's very much in the zydeco tradition, yet also squarely in the here and now, tossing off pop-culture allusions to television theme songs, patriotic anthems, classic rock hits, and consumer products, such as the toothpastes he plugs in the playful, even slightly ludicrous, "Hey Pretty Baby (With Your Teeth So White)." --John Morthland
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This cd is fantastic! A must have!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This cd is just wonderful, it will make you move. I saw Keith at the zydeco festival in Plaisance and in Lake Charles, LA. He was simply off the hook. Had to have the cd. My friends in Oakland, CA love it but I don't let it out of my sight."
Keith captured with all the sweat from the dancefloor!
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This is the best live zydeco recording ever and perhaps Keith Frank's best record because it is so well produced that it captures the true magic of the Creole experience as it is felt from the dancefloor in South Louisiana's most popular zydeco club, Slim's Y-Ki-Ki. If you've ever been to a live show there, this album will "brought ya right back" and put a cold Bud in your hand. If you've never been there, after listening to this release, you'll probably want to learn more about Opelousas, Louisiana and the wonderful Creole culture there. The generous number of tracks on this disc spans Keith's entire career, with songs from his impossibly-difficult-to-find first cassette to several previously unreleased numbers that Keith only does live. Keith Frank and his Soileau Zydeco Band is no doubt the current reigning leader in the zydeco arena, mixing trademark irresistable accordion grooves, and clever lyrics with a fat, reggae-like feeling. Keith is updating the sound of the "old folk's" zydeco music, weaving textures of soul, R&B and hip-hop, presenting it to a younger audience. There is nothing else like Keith's double kicking noveau zydeco sound. You will not be able to stand still listening to this release! Perfect party music! If you were to purchase one zydeco release, this would be it. Highly recommended!"
Live and Loud on Labor Day
Charles J. Stivale | Detroit, MI USA | 04/06/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This album does for zydeco what the Beausoleil *Live from the Left Coast* album did for Cajun music: to translate the vibrant experience of a zydeco dance and music event and crowd, and the interaction between a band and its fans. Keith Frank brings a superb talent and tight group work to the zydeco rhythms, and this CD varies brief but intense tunes with longer pieces that are no less enjoyable. My favorite tunes are "Co Fa", "Hold On To it", "Maymel", and "Rising to the Top." This CD is the ONE place to start for music from the younger generation of zydeco performers."