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2-CD Toots Thielemans Rarities Set to Be Released March 27

Featured collaborators include Quincy Jones, George Shearing, Ron Carter, many more

Toots Thielemans

A double-CD collection of rarities by harmonica legend Toots Thielemans will be released March 27 by Naxos of America and Out of the Blue Records. The set begins with Thielemans’ earliest recording as a soloist from 1946 and ends with a duet recorded in 2001.

Producer Cees Schrama selected all 38 tracks, some of which, including the 1946 recording, initially made as a soundtrack for a cartoon, have never been previously issued anywhere. Others, among them tracks featuring pianist George Shearing, were issued as singles only.

Thielemans, who will turn 90 next month, is an NEA Jazz Masters honoree. He began his career as a guitarist but later specialized in harmonica. Among the many collaborators included in this package are Svend Asmussen, Francy Boland, Bob Brookmeyer, Ralph Burns, Ron Carter, Bruno Castellucci, Al Cohn, Louis van Dijk, Rob Franken, Urbie Green, Herbie Hancock, Shirley Horn, Dick Hyman, J.J. Johnson, Marc Johnson, Elvin Jones, Hank Jones, Quincy Jones, Niels Henning Ørsted Pedersen, Bucky Pizzarelli, Elis Regina, George Shearing, Zoot Sims, Ricardo SilveIra, Sivuca, Reinhold Svensson, Grady Tate, Art Taylor, Clark Terry, Cal Tjader, McCoy Tyner, Doug Watkins, Kenny Werner and others.

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