East Coast West Coast

East Coast West Coast

by Toots Thielemans
     
 
The self explanatory title of Toots Thielemans' latest all-star party, East Coast West Coast only hints at part of the intense dichotomy involved. The harmonica master may divide his interplay with New York and L.A.'s greatest jazz stars, but the real difference has nothing to do with musical breeding or geography. It involves tempo. More specifically, when the

Overview

The self explanatory title of Toots Thielemans' latest all-star party, East Coast West Coast only hints at part of the intense dichotomy involved. The harmonica master may divide his interplay with New York and L.A.'s greatest jazz stars, but the real difference has nothing to do with musical breeding or geography. It involves tempo. More specifically, when the arrangement is up and lively, Toots and his coasters swing; on ballads, even the strongest of melodic spirit can't save the tedium which results. As on his generally stronger Brazilian projects of late, there are some sporty, inspired moments. Terence Blanchard's trumpet and Joshua Redman's sax take on jet propulsion qualities on Monk and Dizzy and Coltrane covers, and Robben Ford's strings add a touch of rhythmic class to "Take Five." The Paul Desmond gem is also notable for a whimsical tonal dual between Toots and Jerry Goodman's sweeping violin. But bland experiments which waste the likes of Herbie Hancock and vibist Mike Mainieri crash in all too often, leading to all-too-maddening moodswings despite positive intentions.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/25/1994
Label:
Private Music
UPC:
0010058212027
catalogNumber:
82120

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toots Thielemans   Primary Artist,Harmonica
Jerry Goodman   Violin
Alan Broadbent   Piano
Peter Erskine   Drums
Robben Ford   Guitar
Herbie Hancock   Piano
John Scofield   Guitar
Joshua Redman   Tenor Saxophone
Bruce Barth   Piano
Terence Blanchard   Trumpet
Dave Carpenter   Bass
Troy Davis   Drums
Charlie Haden   Bass
Michael Lang   Piano
Mike Mainieri   Vibes
Lyle Mays   Piano
Christian McBride   Bass
Ernie Watts   Tenor Saxophone
Ford   Guitar

Technical Credits

Bill Evans   Composer
Robben Ford   Contributor
Oscar Castro-Neves   Producer
Miles Goodman   Producer
Joel Moss   Engineer
Melanie Penny   Artwork

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