Strix the harbinger
guards the exit gate, quizzing all
Who will pass this night?

Sunday, February 20, 2011

Toots Thielemans

Harmonica: Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans, born 1922 in Belgium, still performing at 88. Toots has recorded with all the jazz greats from Charlie Parker to Shirley Horn. His guitar work was supposely an influence on John Lennon. Personally, I can't hear it. He wrote Bluesette and on his original release he whistled and played a very tasteful Rickenbach guitar. It doesn't seem to be posted anywhere. Too bad; someday I'll figure out how to drive this thing, transfer LPs to digital, and post them myself. (don't wait around). Regardless, none of it is bad. For Judi In the Sky, the Princess of Santa Monica Canyon, and an old friend and lover of the sweet old jazz. 


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