One More for the Road

One More for the Road

by Toots Thielemans
     
 

These sessions by harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans are a mixed bag of vocal and instrumental interpretations of works by Harold Arlen. Unfortunately, the project comes across as more of a crossover date, featuring several vocalists who will be of little interest to many jazz fans, while conductor Jurre Haanstra's orchestrations areSee more details below

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These sessions by harmonica virtuoso Toots Thielemans are a mixed bag of vocal and instrumental interpretations of works by Harold Arlen. Unfortunately, the project comes across as more of a crossover date, featuring several vocalists who will be of little interest to many jazz fans, while conductor Jurre Haanstra's orchestrations are rather bland and sometimes a bit syrupy. Thielemans' own solos tend to be fairly short, while his regular pianist, Kenny Werner (switching to Fender Rhodes on a few tracks), isn't utilized enough as a soloist. The best selections include "This Time the Dream's on Me," which features Till Brönner on both trumpet and vocals in a warm and unpretentious setting, a campy treatment of "Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea" by Madeleine Peyroux, along with Trijntje Oosterhuis' warm rendition of the nearly forgotten "I Wonder What Became of Me." But several tracks don't make the cut, including Jamie Cullum's pop-infused "One for My Baby (And One More for the Road)," Beth Hart's dreadful "I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues," and urban contemporary singer Oleta Adams' lackluster version of "Stormy Weather." This CD falls short of being an essential Toots Thielemans release.

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Editorial Reviews

Hartford Courant - Owen McNally
With its quick changing cast, the CD risks turning into a novelty act. But Thielemans' mastery and the overall quality of his vocalists carry the day.

Product Details

Release Date:
05/09/2006
Label:
Verve
UPC:
0602498737767
catalogNumber:
000661402
Rank:
100842

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toots Thielemans   Primary Artist,Harmonica
Oleta Adams   Vocals
Laura Fygi   Vocals
Till Brönner   Trumpet,Vocals,Soloist
Ruud Jacobs   Bass
Frits Landesbergen   Vibes
Bert Meulendijk   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Slide Guitar
Hans Van Oosterhout   Drums
Hans Vroomans   Piano
Kenny Werner   Piano,fender rhodes,Soloist
Eddy Conard   Percussion
Beth Hart   Vocals
Madeleine Peyroux   Vocals
Ruud Breuls   Trumpet,Soloist
Mike del Ferro   Piano,Keyboards
Trijntje Oosterhuis   Vocals
Stefan Lievestro   Bass
Lizz Wright   Vocals
Jamie Cullum   Vocals
Marcel Serierse   Drums
Martijn Van Iterson   Guitar,Rhythm Guitar
Silje Nergaard   Vocals
Jurre Haanstra   Conductor,Keyboards,Electric Piano

Technical Credits

Harold Arlen   Composer
Robert Becker   Cover Photo
E.Y. "Yip" Harburg   Composer
Ruud Jacobs   Producer
Dan Lacksman   Engineer
Johnny Mercer   Composer
Darcy Proper   Mastering
Imme Schade VanWestrum   Liner Notes
Michiel Hoogenboezem   Engineer
Ted Koehler   Composer
Drew Griffiths   Engineer
Arjen Mensinga   Digital Editing
Peter Van Der Heyden   Executive Producer
Jurre Haanstra   Arranger

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