SR5024: Last Call -- Erwin Helfer
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As these new recordings prove, Helfer?s octogenarian status has not slowed him down a bit; he?s still tickling the ivories with the same verve that he?s done so throughout his career. On one track, Helfer is joined by his two longtime collaborators, tenor sax player John Brumbach and vocalist Katherine Davis. This disc also marks the debut of vocalist Ardella Williams. We have included three historical, never released before, recordings by Erwin: two 1957 recordings by Estelle ?Mama? Yancey with Erwin?s accompaniment and a 1979 live recording with Mama, Erwin, Odie Payne Jr., and Truck Parham. Like all of the great Chicago pianists before him, Erwin learned directly from the masters but developed his own, distinctive, lyrical style; on this disc you can hear his evolution from the 1950?s through the 1970?s to today.