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TOOTS THIELEMANS

One More for the Road

Verve 0602498737767

 

 

 
1. Come Rain Or Come Shine
2. Between The Devil And The Deep Blue Sea
3. Last Night When We Were Young
4. Ill Wind
5. One For My Baby (And One More For The Road)
6. I Gotta Right To Sing The Blues
7. I Wonder What Became Of Me
8. That Old Black Magic
9. This Time the Dream's on Me
10 Stormy Weather
11. It's Only A Paper Moon
12. Over The Rainbow
Toots Thielemans – Harmonica
Lizz Wright – Vocals (track 1)
Madeleine Peyroux – Vocals (track 2)
Silje Nergaard – Vocals (track 3)
Jamie Cullum – Vocals (track 5)
Beth Hart – Vocals (track 6)
Trijntje Oosterhuis – Vocals (track 7)
Till Bronner – Vocals, trumpet (track 9)
Oleta Adams – Vocals (track 10)
Laura Fygi – Vocals (track 11)
Ruud Breuls – Trumpet (track 1)
Kenny Werner – Fender Rhodes, piano (tracks 1, 2, 4-6, 8, 11)
Jurre Haanstra – Keyboards (tracks 1, 4, 9, 10)
Fritz Landesbergen – Vibes (tracks 1, 11)
Bert Meulendijk - Guitar (tracks 1, 9, 10)
Martijn van Iterson – Guitar (tracks 1, 2, 4-6, 8, 9, 11)
Aram Kersbergen – Bass (tracks 1, 2, 4-6, 8-11)
Marcel Serierse – Drums (tracks 1, 2, 4-11)
Hans Vroomans – Piano (tracks 3, 7)
Ruud Jacobs – Bass (tracks 3, 7)
Eddy Conard – Percussion (tracks 4, 8-10)
Mike del Ferro – Piano, keyboards (track 12)
Stefan Lievestro – Bass (track 12)
Hans van Oosterhout – Drums (track 12)

Toots Thielemans, the doyen of jazz harmonica players, salutes songwriter Harold Arlen with this new album of a dozen Arlen compositions. Variety is ensured by the inclusion of nine guest vocalists, each singing on one track, with Toots adding sensitive accompaniments and interpolations, as well as featuring his own playing on three tracks.

The first guest is Lizz Wright, a marvellous singer who is already establishing a reputation for sensitive interpretations, with a voice which is beautiful and always in tune. Madeleine Peyroux is a less brilliant vocalist but she does well in Between the Devil and the Deep Blue Sea. Norwegian singer Silje Nergaard has a fragile voice which suits the poignancy of Last Night When We Were Young (with Thielemans at his most rhapsodic).

Britain’s own Jamie Cullum sounds just right for the world-weary One for my Baby, and Beth Hart puts the necessary blue feeling into I Gotta Right to Sing the Blues. Till Brunner’s trumpet is stronger than his vocals on This Time the Dream’s on Me, but Oleta Adams conjures up memories of Lena Horne with Stormy Weather.

Jurre Haanstra supplies a range of appropriate arrangements which fit each song perfectly. This is a delightful album. No allowance needs to be made for the fact that Toots Thielemans is in his eighties!


Tony Augarde

 



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