It's Tight Like That

It's Tight Like That

by Jeff Healey


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Canadian Jeff Healey burst on the rock scene in the '80s with a unique lap-style electric guitar approach that became codified when he and his band appeared in the movie Road House. Listeners approaching It's Tight Like That expecting more of that trademark blues-rock are going to be mighty surprised, however, because Healey has not only changed the kind of music he plays here, he has even changed the instrument he plays. Oh, he plays some guitar on this new album, but in the past few years Healey has taught himself the trumpet, and that's the dominant instrument here, for It's Tight Like That is an album of classic '20s and '30s jazz. This isn't a passing fad for Healey, either. He's been a vintage jazz buff for years, and has hosted his own jazz show on CBC Radio called My Kind of Jazz for awhile now, and has released two previous jazz albums on his own HealeyOphonic imprint, 2002's Among Friends and 2004's Adventures in Jazzland. Healey still plays occasional shows in the old blues-rock style (he's no fool and knows full well what put him on the map), but most of his gigs are now with the Jazz Wizards, a group which features violin, guitar, piano, bass, and drums, and plenty of Healey on trumpet. It's Tight Like That was recorded with the Jazz Wizards live over two nights at Hugh's Room in Toronto (two additional tracks, "Little Girl" and "Sheik of Araby" were recorded at the Montreal Jazz Festival in 2005) with veteran British jazz trombonist Chris Barber sitting in, and the results are an exuberant blast of traditional jazz, with no trace of rock in sight and no slashing electric guitar slide runs, either. It should be noted that while Healey certainly holds his own on trumpet here, he's no Louis Armstrong, but then Healey himself already fully knows that. He's obviously having fun and playing music he loves. Highlights include a lusty take on Sam Coslow and W. Frank Harling's "Sing You Sinners," voiced by Healey, a feisty version of Bessie Smith's "Keep It to Yourself," sung by Terra Hazelton, and an impressive "Basin Street Blues," written by Spencer Williams and made famous by Louis Armstrong. Barber's vocal, which sounds eerily like the vocal style of another pretty darn good trombonist, Jack Teagarden (who turned "Basin Street Blues" into one of his own signature songs), makes it the album's standout track. Who knows if Healey's old blues-rock fan base will follow him over to the jazz side -- a guess would be they won't, since he isn't playing as much guitar -- but he may well pick up a whole new group of fans with this style of upbeat jazz.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/25/2006
Label: Stony Plain Music
UPC: 0772532131421
catalogNumber: 1314
Rank: 226566

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Healey   Primary Artist,Guitar,Trumpet,Vocals
Chris Barber   Trombone,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Colin Bray   Bass
Jesse Barksdale   Guitar
Drew Jurecka   Violin
Jesse Barksdale   Guitar
Christopher Plock   Clarinet,Alto Saxophone,Soprano (Vocal)

Technical Credits

Bessie Smith   Composer
Jeff Healey   Producer,Audio Production
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Holger Petersen   Executive Producer
Ellis Reynolds   Composer
Hudson Whittaker   Composer
Clarence Williams   Composer
Spencer Williams   Composer
Rev. Thomas A. Dorsey   Composer
Richard Flohil   Liner Notes
Sam Coslow   Composer
Benjamin Franklin Spikes   Composer
Francis Wheeler   Composer
John Spikes   Composer
Doc Daugherty   Composer
Mark Dutton   Cover Design
Francis Henry   Composer
Alec Fraser   Engineer

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It's Tight Like That 2 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Oh my goodness! When Jeff will stop with his Jazz trip? I have not heard that it was a decision of Jeff's record company, but man, can you see the light? A man that played so fantasticaly with Stevie Ray Vaughan in the past wasting his outstanding guitar and voice abilities in a poor album like this. Please Jeff get back to the road of blues and rock. You are one the best musicians in the world in this genre, forget this Jazz stuff man !