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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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...
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All Music Guide - Thom Jurek
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: 3/13/2007
  • Label: Stony Plain Music
  • UPC: 772532131223
  • Catalog Number: 1312
  • Sales rank: 67,053

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, 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
Al Sherman Composer
Joe Burke Composer
Nick Pitt Executive Producer
Roberto Rosenman Solo Coordinator
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

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    I have been a constant admirer of Jeff Healey musical career since 1990. This Jeff´s Jazz experience was a waste of his talent and brilliant guitar abilities in a kind of mistake that every great star from time to time unfortunately have to commit to rediscover his/her soul again. Let's wait for the next album and pray to Jeff´s, this fantastic bluesman, will do good jobs again. There is no doubt about the skills of this top guitar, like his legendary song, I am confident man !

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