Toots Thielemans: Georgia on My Mind


Georgia on My Mind


'Toots' Thielemans (harmonica)


In Tokyo (Denon 8551)

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'Toots' Thielemans (harmonica),

Tsuyoshi Yamamoto (piano), Tsutomu Okada (bass), Fumio Watanabe (drums)


Composed by Hoagy Carmichael & Stuart Gorrell


Recorded: Tokyo, Japan, July 4, 1979


Rating: 94/100 (learn more)

When a self-described Brussels street kid joins Japanese jazzmen in Tokyo on July 4, 1979, for a soulful "Georgia on My Mind," it seems to fulfill Marshall McLuhan's 1967 prophecy of a global village spawned by new forms of communication. Of course, Longfellow had declared a century before that "Music is the universal language." But pre-electronic media, this meant in practice that people could appreciate foreign music as consumers, not perform it with authenticity. Thanks to recordings and radio, however, by the year Georgia's legislature enacted as state anthem this song written by two Hoosiers, Monsieur Toots could toot an old sweet song in the Land of the Rising Sun as sweet and clear as moonlight through the pines.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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