You cant imagine Toots Thielemans in a bad mood. He is a man who is completely content with his life and work, and his personality reflects this joie de vivre almost as much as his music. He is quite simply the greatest, and probably the first, jazz harmonica player.
Born in Brussels, Belgium, his first instrument was guitar, which he taught himself to play. In 1948, he journeyed to America and joined the George Shearing Quintet. He subsequently recorded with countless American jazz greats, including Sonny Rollins and Bill Evans.
For this recording he surrounds himself with a surging rhythm section featuring Fred Hersh (p), Harvie Swartz (b), and Adam Nussbaum (d). This live was recorded before a live audience at Lulus Whites Mahogany Hall on Bourbon Street in 1985, showing this great artist in top form. With this DVD, discover the man who brought an exciting new sound to the soulful world of jazz.
1. The Days of Wine and Roses
2. Round Midnight / Little Rootie Tootie
3. On Growing Up in Brussels
4. Meaning of the Blues
5. Green Dolphin Street
6. On the Harmonica
7. Three and One
8. If You Go Away
9. Only Trust Your Heart
10. On Music and His Influences
12. End Credits
Recorded Live at Lulus Whites Mahogany Hall, New Orleans, 1985