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Originally recorded for the Dutch Polydor label and then leased domestically by the now defunct Inner City company, this fine session allowed Toots Thielemans to become free of the commercial studios and jam with an obscure but talented European rhythm section. Thielemans, who mostly plays harmonica on the sextet date with guitarist Joop Scholten and keyboardist Rob Franken, has fun jamming on six of his originals (including his famous "Bluesette") plus a couple of movie themes, European tunes and "There Is No Greater Love." An excellent effort that would be followed by two other Live albums with a similar group.

Biography

Born: 29 April 1922 in Brussels, Belgium

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

Although preceded by Larry Adler (who has actually spent much of his career playing popular and classical music), Toots Thielemans virtually introduced the chromatic harmonica as a jazz instrument. In fact, ever since the mid-'50s, he has had no close competitors. Toots simply plays the harmonica with the dexterity of a saxophonist and has even successfully traded off with the likes of Oscar Peterson. Toots Thielemans' first instrument was the accordion, which he started when he was three. Although...
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