European Quartet Live

European Quartet Live

by Toots Thielemans
     
 
Even into his eighties, Toots Thielemans sets the standard for jazz harmonica. Although he no longer plays guitar or whistles, he remains a formidable force on his best-known instrument. This CD compiles performances from concerts between 2006 and 2008, all with his European quartet featuring pianist Karel Boehlee (who occasionally adds

Overview

Even into his eighties, Toots Thielemans sets the standard for jazz harmonica. Although he no longer plays guitar or whistles, he remains a formidable force on his best-known instrument. This CD compiles performances from concerts between 2006 and 2008, all with his European quartet featuring pianist Karel Boehlee (who occasionally adds synthesizer), bassist Hein van de Geyn, and drummer Hans van Oosterhout, a sympathetic group that provides terrific backing and potent solos. Most of the songs have long been in the harmonica player's repertoire, though they still sound very fresh. Opening with a Gershwin medley, Thielemans kicks off with a laid-back "I Loves You, Porgy" before launching into a romp through "Summertime" that features the rhythm section vamping on "All Blues" in spots and making a humorous reference to Wayne Shorter's "Footprints." Toots' unaccompanied version of "'Round Midnight" is a masterpiece, full of twists, especially in the breathtaking introduction. The driving rendition of "On Green Dolphin Street" swings like mad, while the disc concludes with a wide-ranging exploration of his signature composition, "Bluesette," and a loping treatment of his pretty ballad "For My Lady." This live collection is a delightful addition to Toots Thielemans' vast discography.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/09/2010
Label:
Challenge
UPC:
0608917016024
catalogNumber:
70160

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toots Thielemans   Primary Artist,Harmonica
Hein van de Geyn   Double Bass
Hans Van Oosterhout   Drums
Karel Boehlee   Synthesizer,Piano

Technical Credits

George Gershwin   Composer
Henry Mancini   Composer
Ivan Lins   Composer
Cootie Williams   Composer
Jacques Brel   Composer
Bronislaw Kaper   Composer
John Barry   Composer
Hein van de Geyn   Producer,Liner Notes
Ira Gershwin   Composer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Thelonious Monk   Composer
Jacques Prévert   Composer
Toots Thielemans   Composer
Ned Washington   Composer
Bernie Hanighen   Composer
DuBose Heyward   Composer
Joseph Kosma   Composer
Chris Weeda   Engineer
Jos L. Knaepen   Picture
Jurre Haanstra   Composer

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