Toots Thielemans (g, harm), Dick Hyman (p, org), Herbie Hancock (p), Al Casamenti, Gene Bertoncini, Bucky Pizzarelli (g), Ron Carter (b), Ronnie Zito (d), Tony Mottola (g), Phil Bodner (woodwinds), Bob Haggart (b), Bobby Rosengarden (d), Phil Kraus (vib)
Reference: BMCD 844
Bar code: 8427328008440
· Collectors Edition
· Issued in Digipack
· 2 Original LPs on 1 CD
· Original Cover Art and Liner Notes
· 12-page booklet
· Stereo Recordings
· Newly Remastered in 24-Bit
Even if youve heard Toots Thielemans before, youll still be amazed by Toots. In this album he excels on harmonica and guitar in a collection of standards and new items that give him ample opportunity to display his virtuosity. The tunes ranges from a smooth and easy 'I Cant Get started' to an easy-beat 'Whispering' with a rollicking 'O Susannah' thrown in good measure. Here are Toots and his friends, a small group of close-knit musicians playing with and for each other.
The second album in this compilation, Heart and Soul is a dramatic and heartwarming showcase for Tony Mottola's talent. Here are songs of the heart, played with soul and captured with fabulous sensitivity from the most breathless whisper of the classical guitar, through the strongest chords of the amplified Gibson Guitar. The name of Tony Mottola stands for the finest musicianship and interpretative warmth.
"Like all too many dates led by jazz musicians for Command, this Toots Thielemans record is handicapped by rather run of the mill uninspiring arrangements, on this occasion by Jack Andrews. Fortunately, the considerable talent on this session means that at least some of the solos by Thielemans and his associates (including Dick Hyman, Gene Bertoncini, Bucky Pizzarelli, and Herbie Hancock, among others) makes the session hold up better than most of those done for the label. Thielemans is particularly aggressive on harmonica on "I Can't Get Started" and switches to a country-flavored approach on guitar for the old folk tune "O Susannah." The tracks with organ, rather than piano, haven't held up as well, though Thielemans' consistently high level of playing make this hard to find LP worth acquiring."
Ken Dryden -All Music Guide