Helfer, Erwin / Last Call
Album: Last Call   Collection:Blues
Artist:Helfer, Erwin   Added:Mar 2017
Label:The Sirens  

A-File Activity
Add Date: 2017-03-28 Pull Date: 2017-05-30 Charts: Blues
Week Ending: May 28 May 7 Apr 30 Apr 23 Apr 16 Apr 9 Apr 2
Airplays: 1 3 2 2 2 2 1

Recent Airplay
1. Sep 21, 2018: Traditions
Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
4. May 06, 2017: wild kingdom
Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
2. Dec 30, 2017: blues with a feelin'
Operator Blues
5. May 06, 2017: blues with a feelin'
Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
3. May 27, 2017: blues with a feelin'
Operator Blues
6. May 05, 2017: Rebop
St. Louis Blues

Album Review
Reviewed 2017-03-21
He’s celebrating his 81st birthday by proving his piano technique is as young and fresh as always. But while his technique is young, his playing shows his decades of not just playing but feeling the blues. Mostly solo but a few with friends and three amazing historical recordings featuring the late great Mama Yancey. Ends with a fascinating 15-minute interview about his mentors and inspirations.

*1. Rich, old-time slow piano. Solo & almost sleepy. So good.
*2. Quirky striding boogie, with a nice, classic stomp.
3. The classic with a dramatic stride and sense of melancholy.
*4. Ballad w/subtle sax & great vocals by Katherine Davis. Mmm
5. Downtempo, then picks up. Playful take on an old chestnut.
6. Mid/upbeat stomp w/more great female vocals & a jazz flair.
7. Downbeat but relaxed and light.
*8. Ooooh…down & dirty vocals, like a great martini.
*9. Playful boogie, fun and delicious.
10. Slow old-time gospel-tinged blues.
*11. Mama Yancey, so crazy good midtempo jam.
12. Down/midtempo lament.
*13. Classic stride ballad w/Mama Yancey wailing out.
14. Conversation with Erwin.
Decca 3/2017

Track Listing
1. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor   8. The Rocky Mountain Blues
2. Dc Boogie   9. The Fives
3. St. James Infirmary   10. Four O'clock Blues
4. St. Louis Blues   11. Operator Blues
5. Pennies From Heaven   12. Trouble In My Mind
6. Bright Lights, Big City   13. Make Me A Pallet On The Floor
7. I Almost Lost My Mind   14. A Conversation With Erwin