Personnel includes: Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Diana Krall (vocals); Shirley Horn, Johnny Mathis, Dianne Reeves.
Personnel: Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Diana Krall, Dianne Reeves, Chip ?, Johnny Mathis, Shirley Horn (vocals); Oscar Castro-Neves, Philip Catherine (guitar); Alain Kouznetzoff, Veronique Gyay (violin); Diederik Suys (viola); Hubert Varron (cello); Marcel Azzola (accordion); Bert van den Brink (piano); Andr‚ Ceccarelli (drums); Laurence Saltiel, Lydia Martinico, Bernie Arcadio, Luce Perea, Claude Lombard, Tony Bonfils (background vocals).
Audio Mixer: Joel Moss .
Recording information: Hilton Sound, London, England; Hollywood Savoy Caf‚, Paris, France; Plus XXX Studios, Paris France; Signet Soundelu.
Illustrator: Jae Shim.
Photographer: William Claxton.
Unknown Contributor Roles: Diana Krall; Dianne Reeves; Chip ?; Rich Weingart; Johnny Mathis; Shirley Horn; Toots Thielemans.
Arrangers: Oscar Castro-Neves; Toots Thielemans; Bert van den Brink.
On this unusual CD, the remarkable harmonica player Toots Thielemans explores a variety of mostly French melodies. The music is often nostalgic and wistful but generally swinging, with enough different tempos to hold one's interest throughout. The oddest aspect of the set is that there is an overdubbed vocal apiece by Diana Krall ("La Vie en Rose"), Dianne Reeves, Johnny Mathis, Shirley Horn, and a promising newcomer known here only as Chip; Krall, Reeves, and Chip sing in French. Thielemans plays beautifully throughout the relaxed date, which includes "I Wish You Love," "The Windmills of Your Mind," "Once Upon a Summertime," and "Moulin Rouge." Easily recommended. ~ Scott Yanow