Personnel: Jean "Toots" Thielmans (harmonica, guitar); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Kenny Drew (piano); Wilbur Ware (bass); Art Taylor (drums).
Recorded in New York, New York on December 30, 1957 and January 7, 1958. Originally released on Riverside (1125). Includes original liner notes by Orrin Keepnews.
Digitally remastered from original analog masters tapes by Phil De Lancie (Fantasy Studios, Berkeley, California).
Personnel: Toots Thielemans (guitar, harmonica); Pepper Adams (baritone saxophone); Kenny Drew (piano); Art Taylor (drums).
Liner Note Author: Orrin Keepnews.
Recording information: New York, NY (12/30/1957/01/07/1958).
Unknown Contributor Roles: Kenny Drew; Pepper Adams; Art Taylor; Wilbur Ware.
Although he plays guitar exclusively on two of the eight selections included on this CD reissue, it is Toots Thielemans' harmonica playing that is most unique. He holds his own on a hard bop blowing date with baritonist Pepper Adams, pianist Kenny Drew, bassist Wilbur Ware and drummer Art Taylor, jamming on such songs as "East of the Sun," "Struttin' with Some Barbeque" and "Isn't It Romantic." Even four decades later, no jazz harmonica player has dethroned the great Toots. ~ Scott Yanow