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Last Call
     

Last Call

by Jeff Healey
 
The first two posthumous Jeff Healey albums, Mess of Blues (which appeared only days after his death in 2008) and Songs from the Road (2009), focused on his blues-rock guitar playing, the basis of his renown, even though he had spent much of the last decade of his life performing and

Overview

The first two posthumous Jeff Healey albums, Mess of Blues (which appeared only days after his death in 2008) and Songs from the Road (2009), focused on his blues-rock guitar playing, the basis of his renown, even though he had spent much of the last decade of his life performing and recording in the early jazz styles of the first three decades of the 20th century, and often playing the trumpet. Last Call, a studio recording drawn from sessions held in February 2007, returns to the jazz format of previous albums Among Friends, Adventures in Jazzland, and It's Tight Like That. But instead of playing with his band the Jazz Wizards, Healey is accompanied by only two fellow musicians, pianist/clarinetist Ross Wooldridge of that group, and violinist Drew Jurecka. That is, they accompany him when he has any accompaniment at all. Sometimes, Healey is alone, or rather, he is the only musician, even if there are multiple instruments. The closing track, "Some of These Days," features two guitars, trumpet, and vocals, but they're all Healey, overdubbing himself. Annotator Colin Bray, another member of the Jazz Wizards, attests to Healey's love of early jazz, as demonstrated by his extensive collection of 78 rpm records, and, like its predecessors in this vein, Last Call clearly is a labor of love by an aficionado intent on replicating the sound of a musical style he reveres. Nor is it without accomplishment. When Healey and Jurecka dig into the guitar/violin duet "The Wildcat," they sound for all the world like Django Reinhardt and Stéphane Grappelli, which is exactly what they are aiming for. Healey is a less impressive trumpet player, although he manages to approximate the '20s style he's after. He is also an adequate vocalist, but not really a stylist capable of putting his own stamp on the songs of, say, Hoagy Carmichael ("Hong Kong Blues"), or Bing Crosby ("Pennies from Heaven"). So, like Healey's other jazz albums, Last Call is something more than a busman's holiday, but something less than a major artistic statement.

Product Details

Release Date:
04/06/2010
Label:
Stony Plain Music
UPC:
0772532133524
catalogNumber:
321335
Rank:
83045

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Jeff Healey   Primary Artist,Guitar,Trumpet,Vocals
Drew Jurecka   Violin
Ross Wooldridge   Clarinet,Piano

Technical Credits

Hoagy Carmichael   Composer
Jeff Healey   Producer
Eddie Lang   Composer
Vincent Youmans   Composer
Vernon Duke   Composer
Milton Ager   Composer
Fred E. Ahlert   Composer
Shelton Brooks   Composer
Johnny Burke   Composer
Peter DeRose   Composer
Mack Gordon   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Mitchell Parish   Composer
Holger Petersen   Executive Producer
David Raksin   Composer
Arthur Johnston   Composer
Joe Young   Composer
Harold Adamson   Composer
Sidney Clare   Composer
Murray Mencher   Composer
Colin Bray   Liner Notes
Charles Newman   Composer
Alec Fraser   Engineer
Ted Onyszczak   Authoring
Michael Dangelmaier   Layout
Goering   Composer
Venuti   Composer
L. Collins   Composer
Mako Funasaka   Filmmaker
Mark Camilleri   Engineer
Joe Venuit   Composer

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