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Toots Thielemans: European Quartet Live

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The terminally cool, helplessly passionate harmonica icon Toots Thielemans makes beautiful music on this collage of European performances from 2006, 2007 and 2008. The tunes span a ravishing update of Gershwin’s “Summertime,” a haunting version of Monk’s “‘Round Midnight” in which the ageless Thielemans reaffirms his reputation as master of the long line, a romantic “On Green Dolphin Street,” and a quasi-funky reading of his own “Bluesette” that will spirit you to a Paris boulevard. His backup here is particularly tasty, and includes invigorating bass by Hein Van de Geyn, drummer Hans van Oosterhout’s subtle rim shots, and deft piano from Karel Boehlee.

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