European Quartet Live

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/9/2010
  • Label: Challenge
  • UPC: 608917016024
  • Catalog Number: 70160
  • Sales rank: 78,879

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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