Toots Thielemans The Live Takes, Volume 1

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  • Released: February 27, 2006
  • Label: In & Out Records

Tracks:

  • 1.I Loves You Porgy
  • 2.Comcecar De Novo
  • 3.Hard To Say Goodbye
  • 4.Stardust
  • 5.Body and Soul
  • 6.I Do It For Your Love
  • 7.Three Views of a Secret
  • 8.All the Way
  • 9.That Misty Red Beast

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Personnel: Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Kenny Werner, Michel Herr (piano, keyboards); Nathalie Loriers (piano); Sal La Rocca, Ray Drummond, Jay Anderson (acoustic bass); Michel Hatzigeorgiou (electric bass); Bruno Castellucci, Jukkis Uotila, Adam Nussbaum (drums).
Recorded live in Belgium between March 1994 and December 1998 and in New York, New York in November 1997. Includes liner notes by Patrick Bauwens.
Personnel: Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Nathalie Loriers, Kenny Werner, Michel Herr (piano); Adam Nussbaum, Bruno Castelucci, Jukkis Uotila (drums).
Recording information: Arto, Belgium (02/1995); Birdland, NY (02/1995); De Ploter, Ternat, Belgium (02/1995); deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium (02/1995); La Luna, Brussels, Belgium (02/1995); New York (02/1995); The Biblo, Kalmhout, Belgium (02/1995); The Forum, LiŠge, Belgium (02/1995); The Palais De CongrŠs, Brussels, Belgium (02/1995); Arto, Belgium (03/1994); Birdland, NY (03/1994); De Ploter, Ternat, Belgium (03/1994); deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium (03/1994); La Luna, Brussels, Belgium (03/1994); New York (03/1994); The Biblo, Kalmhout, Belgium (03/1994); The Forum, LiŠge, Belgium (03/1994); The Palais De CongrŠs, Brussels, Belgium (03/1994); Arto, Belgium (04/1994); Birdland, NY (04/1994); De Ploter, Ternat, Belgium (04/1994); deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium (04/1994); La Luna, Brussels, Belgium (04/1994); New York (04/1994); The Biblo, Kalmhout, Belgium (04/1994); The Forum, LiŠge, Belgium (04/1994); The Palais De CongrŠs, Brussels, Belgium (04/1994); Arto, Belgium (10/1998); Birdland, NY (10/1998); De Ploter, Ternat, Belgium (10/1998); deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium (10/1998); La Luna, Brussels, Belgium (10/1998); New York (10/1998); The Biblo, Kalmhout, Belgium (10/1998); The Forum, LiŠge, Belgium (10/1998); The Palais De CongrŠs, Brussels, Belgium (10/1998); Arto, Belgium (11/1997); Birdland, NY (11/1997); De Ploter, Ternat, Belgium (11/1997); deSingel, Antwerp, Belgium (11/1997); La Luna, Brussels, Belgium (11/1997); New York (11/1997); The Biblo, Kalmhout, Belgium (11/1997); The Forum, LiŠge, Belgium (11/1997); The Palais De CongrŠs, Brussels, Belgium (11/1997).
Editor: Patrick Bauwens.
Toots Thielemans began his career as a guitarist, though he gained great fame as the most widely known jazz harmonica player, literally without much competition for most of his career. This collection of live performances from 1994 to 1998 was mostly recorded by his personal engineer Vincent Tempels, except for those performances taking place outside Belgium. The opening medley is a lot of fun, combining a deliberate, romantic "I Loves You, Porgy" and an uptempo "Summertime" by connecting them with a brief snippet of Miles Davis' "All Blues," with superb accompaniment by pianist Nathalie Loriers. Kenny Werner, who has often been Thielemans' keyboardist of choice late in his career, is heard on several tracks, adding lush synthesized strings behind the leader in his moving composition "Hard to Say Goodbye" and the elegant rendition of "Body and Soul" (which sounds very different from the usual arrangements with Werner's interesting choice of backgrounds). The third keyboardist is Michel Herr, who is Thielemans' sole accompanist on piano for the thoughtful, imaginative setting of "Stardust," though he proves to be a bit distracting on keyboards in "I Do It for Your Love." Thielemans' fans who expect more space devoted to standards and jazz works without the electric keyboards may be disappointed with this compilation, but the harmonica great shines throughout these concert excerpts recorded late in his career. ~ Ken Dryden

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