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European Quartet LIVE

Toots Thielemans

Label: Challenge Jazz
Format: CD
Barcode: 0608917016024
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Catalog number: CHR 70160
Releasedate: 03-01-11
The wise old man, with the spirit of a teenager. The delicate balance between the introspective and the exuberant - always giving, always with the desire to communicate - communicate to the fellow musicians, communicate to the listener. In Toots words: “Between a smile and a tear...” these sublime live-recordings taken from concerts of Toots Thielemans with his quartet.
  • Toots Thielemans is thé most famous harmonica player in the world
  • He is one of those rare musicians that are able to touch a wide range of listeners.
  • Thielemans workes with lots of famous people such as Quincy Jones, Benny Goodman, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Bill Evans, Pat Metheny, Paul Simon, Billy Joel and many others
  • A true star amongst stars
  • A man who - literally - breathes music
Toots Thielemans: harmonica
Karel Boehlee: piano and synthesizer
Hein Van de Geyn: double bass
Hans van Oosterhout: drums

The band with Toots, Karel Boehlee, Hans van Oosterhout and Hein Van de Geyn, exists for many years now and there are concerts in many places. Then there was the tour in Holland in 2006. Many theaters, many great audiences that always embraced us with so much warmth. Chris Weeda, the sound engineer, was the fifth member of the band. Always making the music sound warm, full, generous - and recording many of the performances. The music was strong, confident, full of life and vibrancy. Toots played so well, everyone played well. There were more concerts the years after and Chris and Hein Van de Geyn found themselves with a wealth of recorded material.

This is an album so representative of Toots' live performances, an album that captured the joy, the risks and interaction; an album that captivates the majestic melodies, the singing of a man that lived such a life filled with music and emotion.

The wise old man, with the spirit of a teenager. The delicate balance between the introspective and the exuberant - always giving, always with the desire to communicate - communicate to the fellow musicians, communicate to the listener. In Toots words: “Between a smile and a tear...” these sublime live-recordings taken from concerts of Toots Thielemans with his quartet.
Jean´Toots´ Thielemans was born in Brussels, Belgium in 1922. He immigrated to the USA in 1952. At the age of three he could already play the accordion and started playing harmonica as a hobby. Toots was `hooked´ on Jazz during German occupation and his first big idol was Django Reinhardt.

Another early influence was Charlie Parker. The first international breakthrough was him joining Benny Goodman on European concert tour in 1950. Other early US jobs: member of Charlie Parker's All Stars in Philadelphia; George Shearing Quintet; ...

Some more successes of Toots Thielemans:
  • Toots composed the famous "Bluesette" in 1962
  • Originated new sound : Whistling and guitar in unison
  • Whistler for commercials : Best known "Old Spice"
  • Harmonica soloist for film scores: Midnight Cowboy, The Getaway, Sugarland Express, Cinderella Liberty, Turks Fruit, Jean de Florette,....
  • Concerts and recordings with names like George Shearing, Ella Fitzgerald, Quincy Jones, Bill Evans, Jaco Pastorius, Natalie Cole, Pat Metheny, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, ...
  • Harmonica Soloist - TV : Sesame Street
  • Perennial winner of Down Beat readers and critics poll "miscellaneous instruments"

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