Verve Jazz Masters '59:  Toots Thielemans

Verve Jazz Masters '59: Toots Thielemans

by Toots Thielemans
     
 

The remarkable jazz harmonica player Toots Thielemans has essentially had no competition ever since he decided to fully focus on that instrument, rather than the guitar, in the early 1950s. This sampler CD, Verve Jazz Masters 59 is, fortunately, programmed in chronological order, contains some rather rare tracks, and…  See more details below

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The remarkable jazz harmonica player Toots Thielemans has essentially had no competition ever since he decided to fully focus on that instrument, rather than the guitar, in the early 1950s. This sampler CD, Verve Jazz Masters 59 is, fortunately, programmed in chronological order, contains some rather rare tracks, and covers a wide period of time although it mostly focuses on the '70s and '80s. Thielemans is first heard with the George Shearing Quintet (which at the time included vibraphonist Cal Tjader) in 1953 playing "Undecided" and "Body and Soul." The '60s are represented by a quartet version of his "Flirt" and a forgettable movie theme with Quincy Jones & His Orchestra. A highlight is Thielmans whistling on "Hummin'" with Jones in 1970. The rendition of "Bluesette" (Thielemans one big hit) from 1975 is disappointingly pop-oriented, but there are fine versions of "Tenor Madness" (with a European group in 1975), "Killer Joe" (a duet with bassist Marc Johnson), "The Peacocks," and the straight-ahead "C to G Jam Blues." The interesting CD concludes with "For My Lady," which finds Thielemans accompanied by Shirley Horn and her trio in 1991. Although it would be preferable to have the original sessions reissued in complete form, overall this is a worthwhile sampler of the great Toots Thielemans.

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/24/1996
Label:
Polygram Records
UPC:
0731453527126
catalogNumber:
535271
Rank:
88971

Tracks

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toots Thielemans   Primary Artist,Guitar,Harmonica,Whistle (Instrument)
Pepper Adams   Baritone Saxophone
Monty Alexander   Tack Piano
Gary Burton   Vibes
Grey   Trombone
Jim Hall   Guitar
Billy Higgins   Drums
Shirley Horn   Piano
Milt Jackson   Vibes
Marc Johnson   Bass
Quincy Jones   Conductor
Hubert Laws   Flute
Pierre Michelot   Bass
Rufus Reid   Bass
Jerome Richardson   Reeds,Soprano Saxophone
Joe Sample   Electric Piano
George Shearing   Piano
Ricardo Silveira   Guitar
Marvin Stamm   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Major Holley   Bass
Chuck Rainey   Bass
Ernie Royal   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Grady Tate   Drums
Pierre Blanchard   Vocals
Don Grusin   Keyboards
Bart Van Lier   Trombone
Sivuca   Accordion,Vocals
Eef Albers   Guitar
Paul Beaver   Moog Synthesizer
Gals & Pals   Vocals
Georges Arvanitas   Piano
McKibbon   Bass
Lewis Nash   Drums
Charles Ables   Bass
Wayne Andre   Trombone
Luiz Avellar   Keyboards
Tom Bahler   Vocals
Danny Bank   Baritone Saxophone,Bass Saxophone
Ruud Bos   Conductor
Paulinho Braga   Drums
Ray Brown   Bass
Billy Byers   Trombone
Bruno Castellucci   Drums
Bill Clark   Drums
Philippe Combelle   Drums
Roman Dylag   Bass
Rob Franken   Piano,Electric Piano
Eric Gale   Guitar
Jim Gilstrap   Vocals
Joseph Greene   Vocals
Freddie Hubbard   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Niels-Henning Ørsted Pedersen   Bass
Milt Hinton   Bass
Hilary James   Keyboards,Electric Piano
Osie Johnson   Drums
Jimmy Johnson   Percussion
Edd Kalehoff   Moog Synthesizer
Walter Kane   Reeds
Jesse Kirkland   Vocals
Rob Langereis   Bass
Roland Lobligeois   Bass
Paulette McWilliams   Vocals
Myrna Matthews   Vocals
Mulgrew Miller   Piano
Kjell Ohman   Piano
Ferdinand Povel   Tenor Saxophone
Benny Powell   Trombone
Phil Ramone   Conductor
Frank Rosolino   Trombone
Cees Schrama   Metronome
Bobby Scott   Piano
Valerie Simpson   Vocals
Tony Studd   Trombone
Cal Tjader   Vibes
Maurice Vander   Piano
Leonard Ware   Vocals
Gene Young   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Danny Moore   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Frans Baan   Piano
John Bannet   Trumpet
Gijsberth Beths   Trumpet
F. Blanket   Trumpet
Barbara Chasson   Trumpet
H. Emmelot   Trumpet
Eddie Engels   Trumpet
Martin Grupp   Percussion
P.E. Hoekstra   Trumpet
J. Illes   Trumpet
Wim Kat   Trumpet
F. Kroon   Trumpet
A. Lahota   Trumpet
H.D. Lambooy   Trumpet
Wim Overgaauw   Guitar
G.F. Peeters-Goosens   Viola
J. Van Wouw   Trombone
Michel Le Francois   Trumpet
Steve Williams   Drums
Iman Soeteman   French Horn
Lasse Bagge   Conductor
Carolyn Williams   Vocals
Adriaan van Woudenberg   French Horn

Technical Credits

Leonard Feather   Producer
Quincy Jones   Arranger,Producer
Pierre Michelot   Producer
Rune Ofwerman   Producer
Jean-Philippe Allard   Producer
Ruud Bos   Arranger
Ray Brown   Producer
Bernard DeBousson   Producer
Norman Gimbel   Composer
Phil Ramone   Arranger,Producer
Cees Schrama   Producer,Contributor,Liner Notes
Richard Seidel   Executive Producer
Toots Thielemans   Composer
Jack Tracy   Producer
Kiyoshi "Boxman" Koyama   Producer
Sheryl Lutz-Brown   Art Direction
Nat Adderley   Composer
Wendi Traub-Cohen   Illustrations
Dick de Winter   Producer
Lasse Bagge   Arranger

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