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Last Call

  • Jeff Healey
  • Stony Plain

As if we needed another reason to miss him, Jeff Healey's final studio recording shows how well he could illuminate the hot jazz he adored. Where his albums with the Jazz Wizards were sometimes more enthusiastic than authentic, this disc - recorded mostly with Healey overdubbing himself on guitars, trumpet and voice - gets the details precisely right, from his perfectly shaded crooning in Time on My Hands to the exquisitely swinging rhythm guitar underpinning I'm Gonna Sit Right Down and Write Myself a Letter. And while Ross Wooldridge's piano cameos are occasionally too florid for my taste, the contributions of the album's other guest, violinist Drew Jurecka, are time-machine perfect.

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