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Keeping It Real
     

Keeping It Real

by Zakiya Hooker
 
When John Lee Hooker passed away in 2001 at the age of 83, obituaries noted that the blues giant was survived by no less than eight children. At least two of them, Zakiya Hooker (formerly Vera Lee Hooker) and John Lee Hooker, Jr., have followed in their dad's footsteps by becoming blues singers.

Overview

When John Lee Hooker passed away in 2001 at the age of 83, obituaries noted that the blues giant was survived by no less than eight children. At least two of them, Zakiya Hooker (formerly Vera Lee Hooker) and John Lee Hooker, Jr., have followed in their dad's footsteps by becoming blues singers. But neither John Lee Hooker, Jr. nor Zakiya have tried to emulate him stylistically, and the swampy Mississippi-meets-Detroit approach he was known for is rarely heard on Keeping It Real (which, for the most part, has a decidedly urban, more Chicago-influenced flavor). Subtlety and understatement prevail on this enjoyable 2009 release; Zakiya isn't an aggressive belter of the Etta James/Koko Taylor variety, but that doesn't mean that she isn't expressive. Emotionally, Zakiya says what she needs to say on electric urban blues offerings such as "Cold Cold Feeling," "Crossroads," and "Hug U, Kiss U," and she is equally pleasing when she detours into soul on "Scared to Love" (a tune that wouldn't be out of place on a Teena Marie album), "What Am I Gonna Do," and the title track. One thing Zakiya does have in common with her father is a fondness for moody minor-key offerings, but the minor-key moodiness that prevails on "End of the World Blues" and the clever "Love Foreclosure" has more in common with the blues-soul of Bobby "Blue" Bland, Benny Latimore, and Little Milton than it does with John Lee Hooker's swampy minor-key moodiness. The disc's swampiest track is "Rock These Blues Away," a duet with John Lee Hooker himself; obviously, parts of Keeping It Real were recorded long before 2009. But anyone who plays Keeping It Real in its entirety will realize that Zakiya is very much her own person, and her individuality serves her well on this 62-minute CD.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/16/2009
Label:
BOOGIE WITH THE HOOK
UPC:
0764674041485
catalogNumber:
1

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Performance Credits

Zakiya Hooker   Primary Artist
Lloyd Gregory   Guitar
Greg Crockett   Guitar
John Garcia   Guitar
Fernando Martinez   Drums
Henry Oden   Bass
Anthony J. Reed   Vocals
John Garcia   Guitar
Randie McBride   Vocals
Anthony Cook   Synthesizer,Guitar
Ollan Christopher Bell   Bass
Marlon Green   Drums
Alambre González   Guitar
Stephanie Arganbright   Vocals
Silvio Marzolini   Keyboards
Randie McBride   Vocals
Patricio Raffo   Drums
Nicolas Rafetta   Keyboards
Natalia Cabrera   Vocals
Marion Green   Drums
Javier Vinas   Guitar
Janice Maxie   Piano,Keyboards
Gustavo Camara   Saxophone
Diego Mercado   Vocals
Dianna Segovia   Vocals
Cecilia Naab   Vocals
Bobby Young   Guitar
Anthony Reed   Vocals
Anthony Cook   Synthesizer,Guitar
Sugar G.   Keyboards

Technical Credits

John Lee Hooker   Composer
Robert Hunter   Composer
Lloyd Gregory   Producer,Audio Production
Greg Anton   Composer
Robert Johnson   Composer
Fernando Martinez   Engineer
Angel South   Composer
Zakiya Hooker   Composer
Ollan Christopher   Producer,Audio Production
Anthony Cook   Composer
Ollan Christopher Bell   Composer
T. Colton   Composer
Pappo   Composer
Ollan Bell   Composer
Debora Toal   Composer
Anthony Cook   Composer
K. Christopher   Composer

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