The title of The Best of Zydeco makes it sound like a greatest-hits collection, but the record is actully Jude Taylor's debut effort. The accordionist has assembled a great band -- including his sons Curly (drums) and Errol (rubboard) -- and leads them through rollicking zydeco and steamy slow blues. Occasionally, he flirts with soul and blues, such as on a cover of Clarence Carter's "Strokin'," but Taylor is at his best when he sticks to classic zydeco sounds. The inclusion of these storming, party-oriented tracks is how The Best of Zydeco nearly lives up to its name.
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AllMusic Review by Thom Owens