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Toots Thielmans
Blues pour Flirter
Jazz in Paris GITANES 549 403-2
  1. Winter in Madrid
  2. Willow Weep for Me
  3. Satin Doll
  4. Bag's Groove
  5. We'll Be together again
  6. Hot Toddy
  7. Try a little Tenderness
  8. Talk to Me
  9. Le Trottoir
  10. Honeysuckle Rose
  11. Flirt
Toots Thielmans - Guitar  George Arvantis - Piano  Roland Lobligeois - Bass  Philippe  Combelle - Drums  
Recorded Jan 1961 in Paris

It has been said that the world's shortest book would be a listing of famous Belgians! Toots managed it however and in some style he played guitar in the bands of Benny Goodman and George Shearing and was featured on many of the studio sessions organised by Quincy Jones. One of his compositions 'Bluesette' has become a jazz standard and is still in the repertoire of many different groups. He has lived in the USA since the 50's but made regular visits back to Europe. As well as being an expert guitar player, he also plays the harmonica and whistles and although he does them all well, it is his guitar playing that I find the most interesting. This album was made during one of his brief European trips in 1961, it was made in a hurry and it has that kind of sound about it. I don't think that this would rank as being anywhere near his best work on guitar, even though the playing of the whole group is very competent. Some of the guitar sounds remind me of Hank Marvin with the Shadows. Nuff said!

Don Mather

Don Mather is a saxophone player and Bandleader in Coventry

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