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by C. Michael Bailey
The Jeff Healey BandThe Jeff Healey Band Live in BelgiumEagle Rock Entertainment2012The early 1990s were the height of Canadian guitarist Jeff Healey's popularity, particularly spurred by his conspicuous appearance in the 1989 Patrick Swazye film Roadhouse (United Artists). Healey, who passed away in 2006 at age 41, was noted for his novel guitar playing technique, developed possibly in response to his childhood blindness caused by familial retinoblastoma. Healey played the guitar flat ...read more
by Ivana Ng
In the United States, the prosperity of the Roaring Twenties yielded a brand of upbeat jazz saturated with sexual innuendo and heedlessness. Across the northern border, Jeff Healey, a Canadian blues-rock guitarist, felt the significance of this traditional jazz. In his latest outing, he and his eight-piece band, the Jazz Wizards, conjur up some old magic. Healey, who has been blind since infancy, plays the trumpet vivaciously on the earlier pieces. Bugle Call Rag best displays his ...read more