It's Tight Like That
Jeff Healey & The Jazz Wizards, with Special Guest Chris Barber
Stony Plain Records SPCD 1314
Released in April 2006
Jeff Healey is Canada’s guitar legend. Blind since he was three years old, his unorthodox technique and his high-energy power rock earned him multi-million record sales and a world-wide reputation that remains intact today. Healey is a musicologist with an encyclopedic knowledge of the work of both jazz and blues artists from the early days of the last century onwards. In addition to his guitar work, Healey has become an accomplished trumpet player, deeply influenced by such vital historic figures as Louis Armstrong, Bix Beiderbecke and many others. The Jazz Wizards, recreating and reinterpreting the classic jazz of the 1920s and 1930s have brought Healey to a new audience, and many of his enthusiastic fans in Canada have discovered what is, to them, a new kind of music.
It’s Tight Like That features trombonist and occasional vocalist Chris Barber, one of the few remaining fathers of the British traditional jazz and blues scene. He still leads the Big Chris Barber Band, now celebrating more than half a century of touring in the UK and Europe. Chris Barber created the craze and coined the term Skiffle Music along with Lonnie Donegan and was the man who first brought legends like Muddy Waters and Sister Rosetta Tharpe to the UK.
It’s Tight Like That was recorded live at sold-out performances at the Montreal International Jazz Festival and at Hugh’s Room, the pre-eminent acoustic music venue in Toronto. In addition to soloing on trumpet and guitar, Healey’s band features some of the best-known young jazz players in Toronto, as well as vocalist Terra Hazleton.
[Adapted from the Stony Plain Records website]