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JEFF HEALEY BAND-LIVE AT GROSSMANS-1994-“PURE BLUES, NO FILLER” REVIEW BY JOHN EMMS

Jeff Healey Band  fans worldwide will simply eat this up.

This is the original band of drummer Tom Stephen, bassist Joe Rockman and second guitarist Pat Rush “on fire and smokin”

This cd  justifies that when this band was “on” and playing blues they were dangerous.

Hell you could cut yourself with the dynamics of  Albert King’s As the Years Go Passing By, or Pat Rush’s and Healey’s solos on Ain’t that Just Like A Woman

Check out the band’s righteous take on The
Beatles/ John Lennon White album classic Yer Blues

It should be also be said that Rockman and Stephen play their asses off on this recording.

Harmonica wizard Michael Pickett steps up to the plate and blows lean and mean on Crossroads and Who’s Been Talking.

The band’s take on All Along The Watchtower is nothing like their studio take. It is original in spirit and astonishingly accomplished in a fusion way.

In fact, they even throw in a Claptonesque nod to Layla for good measure.

The interplay between the four players on Watchtower is nothing short of  galvanizing.

If this cd is any indication of the quality of what we can expect  from the Jeff Healey Band Archives, it will be a goldmine well worth investing in. 

JOHN EMMS is a veteran music journalist, musician, and host of the popular blues/ roots radio show Collection of Songs

http://emms.podbean.com/ You can also visit John  www.theshaftmen.com and www.johnemms.com

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