Toots Thielemans

Contrasts...The Provocative Musical Genius of Toots Thielemans

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This Toots Thielemans release is not one of his more memorable recordings because of the rather dated pop arrangements by Jack Andrews and Don Sebesky. Thielemans, who plays guitar and harmonica, and also whistles on some tracks, composed several of the songs, including the unremarkable "Big Boy" and "Yesterday and Today," along with a remake of his huge hit "Bluesette." Even standards such as "Makin' Whoopee," "Cherokee," and "Sweet Georgia Brown" are hampered by the stiff unswinging arrangements. Thielemans tries his best to improvise over the heavy-handed orchestrations, but he doesn't reach the heights he is capable of achieving. Only the most fanatical collector of Toots Thielemans' records will bother to look for this long-deleted LP.

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