Among Friends

Among Friends

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by Jeff Healey
     
 

With 2002's Among Friends, Jeff Healey brought his passion for traditional jazz -- the driving dance band blues-based jazz of the 1920s and early '30s -- into the studio. The album was issued in Canada only and was followed by Adventures in Jazzland in 2004 and the live It's Tight Like That with See more details below

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With 2002's Among Friends, Jeff Healey brought his passion for traditional jazz -- the driving dance band blues-based jazz of the 1920s and early '30s -- into the studio. The album was issued in Canada only and was followed by Adventures in Jazzland in 2004 and the live It's Tight Like That with Chris Barber in 2006. Healey, known widely for his burning, lap style brand of electric blues does play electric guitar here, but he plays far differently than on any of his previous recordings. He also plays his second instrument of choice, the trumpet. And while he may not win any Down Beat polls, it hardly matters to him. His passion for this music is lifelong, and one can hear in his delivery as a singer the influences of everyone from Louis Armstrong to Jack Teagarden, though he is way more raggedy and doesn't have his phrasing down at all. But again, that's just fine for what this is. Among Friends also features trumpeter Dick Sudhalter, trombonists Danny Douglas and Jim Shepherd, saxophonist Chris Plock on both soprano and tenor, and John R.T. Davies on alto, Reide Kaiser on piano, and upright bassist Colin Bray. There are differing ensembles here depending on the material, which ranges from the wild and woolly "Bright Eyes," to Frank Loesser's "I Wish I Were Twins," to Gus Kahn and Isham Jones' "I'll See You in My Dreams," to "Limehouse Blues," to Earl Hines' "Blues in Thirds." Healey's not looking for anything but the feel of the music he loves. It's raw, raucous, fun and there's plenty of soul in his delivery as a vocalist. The jazz snobs would decry this, but Healey's not aiming to please; he's enjoying himself and that's obvious here. That said, his intention is made plain to the listener, and one cannot help but feel the infectious joy that comes from these grooves.

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/13/2007
Label:
Stony Plain Music
UPC:
0772532131223
catalogNumber:
1312
Rank:
111283

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Healey   Primary Artist,Guitar,Trumpet,Electric Guitar,Vocals
Jim Shepherd   Trombone
Ross Woolridge   Clarinet,Piano
Dick Sudhalter   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Chris Plock   Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
John R.T. Davies   Alto Saxophone,Cornopean
Colin Bray   String Bass
Jesse Barksdale   Acoustic Guitar,Soloist
Tomaz Jardim   Acoustic Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Reide Kaiser   Piano
Inder Marwah   Rhythm Guitar
Roberto Rosenman   Guitar

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jeff Healey   Producer,Liner Notes
Earl Hines   Composer
Claude Hopkins   Composer
Frank Loesser   Composer
Eddie DeLange   Composer
Buddy DeSylva   Composer
Johnny Green   Composer
Edward Heyman   Composer
Alexander Hill   Composer
Isham Jones   Composer
Gus Kahn   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Holger Petersen   Reissue Producer
Joseph Meyer   Composer
Bobby Williams   Composer
Edgar Leslie   Composer
Sherman   Composer
Joe Burke   Composer
Nick Pitt   Executive Producer
Roberto Rosenman   Solo Coordinator

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