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Verve Jazz Masters 59: Toots Thielemans


Download links and information about Verve Jazz Masters 59: Toots Thielemans by Toots Thielemans. This album was released in 1996 and it belongs to Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Latin, Bop genres. It contains 16 tracks with total duration of 01:13:14 minutes.

Artist: Toots Thielemans
Release date: 1996
Genre: Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Latin, Bop
Tracks: 16
Duration: 01:13:14
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No. Title Length
1. Undecided (featuring George Shearing Quintet) 2:36
2. Body and Soul (featuring George Shearing Quintet) 2:36
3. Flirt 2:48
4. Soldier in the Rain (featuring Quincy Jones And His Orchestra) 3:12
5. Hummin' (featuring Quincy Jones, Valerie Simpson, Quincy Jones And His Orchestra) 8:10
6. Brown Ballad (featuring Quincy Jones) 4:24
7. You're My Blues Machine 3:07
8. Bluesette (featuring Quincy Jones) 7:02
9. Big Bossa (featuring Ferdinand Povel) 4:03
10. Tenor Madness 8:08
11. Nocturne 3:07
12. Vai Passar (featuring Sivuca) 5:14
13. Killer Joe (featuring Marc Johnson) 4:42
14. The Peacocks (featuring Pierre Michelot) 6:35
15. C to G Jam Blues 2:59
16. For My Lady 4:31



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.