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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Contrasts - Toot Thielemans

You Brought A New Kind Of Love To Me
The Provocative Musical Genius Of Toots Thielemans And His Orchestra
Originated and Produced by Loren Becker and Robert Byrne
Command Records RS 906 SD

From the back cover: He (Thielemans) is a virtuoso guitarist with a brilliant style that is all his own... a composer (he wrote the unforgettable Bluesette) who bubbles with delightfully irresistible melodies... a pioneering master of the harmonica, creator of a superb jazz style ...a whistler who has turned this common, everyday practice into a full-fledged part of his musical arrangements.

This jacket is a single cover (the more typical period Command cover was gatefold style).

The content supports the title and cover theme. There are "contrasts", but the tracks are mutually supporting. The album features more of an overall jazz vibe which is slightly different than much of what was coming out of Command at the time. Interesting find and listen.

As I post this, Thielemans is 90 years old and will be performing a concert, March 13. Visit his website

Big Boy
Sweet Georgia Brown
Yesterday And Today
So Nice
Sweet And Lovely
Spanish Flea
Makin' Whoopee
Royal Garden Blues
Blue Lady
You Brought A New Kind Of Love To MeCherokee

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