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Jeff Healey and the Jazz Wizards: It’s Tight Like That

Evolving from R&B to trad jazz is rare. But to pull it off successfully makes blind guitarist-trumpeter-singer Jeff Healey a true wizard. The toast of Canada as a rocker, Healey has morphed his seven-piece band into a convincing Dixieland combo. Only one track (culled from 11 recorded at Toronto clubs and the 2005 Montreal Jazz Festival), “Goin’ Up the River,” betrays Healey’s roots with its triplets-laced piano comping. The rest is pure Dixieland.

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