Personnel: Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Joanne Brackeen (piano); Cecil McBee
(bass); Freddie Waits (drums).
Recorded at MacDonald Studios, Sea Cliff, New York on September 16, 1974.
Personnel: Toots Thielemans (harmonica); Joanne Brackeen (piano); Frederick Waits (drums).
Liner Note Authors: Gerry MacDonald; Ralph Burns.
Recording information: McDonald Studios, Sea Cliff, NY (09/16/1974).
This 1997 CD reissues harmonica great Toots Thielemans' Choice LP Captured Alive and adds previously unreleased versions of "Stella By Starlight" and Toots' "Revol" from the same session. Thielemans, who single-handedly turned the chromatic harmonica into a jazz instrument (his only predecessor was Larry Adler, who legitimized the instrument by often playing classical music), shows on such numbers as "Giant Steps," "Airegin," and "Days of Wine and Roses" that the harmonica is a viable device for jazz improvising. Toots is assisted by the great pianist Joanne Brackeen (who contributed "Images" and "Snooze"), bassist Cecil McBee, and drummer Freddie Waits. A particularly strong outing that can serve as a perfect introduction to the harmonica wizard. ~ Scott Yanow