Toots Thielemans: Don't Blame Me


Don't Blame Me


'Toots' Thielemans (harmonica)


Man Bites Harmonica (Riverside OJCCD-1738-2)

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'Toots' Thielemans (harmonica), Kenny Drew (piano), Wilbur Ware (bass), Art Taylor (drums).

Composed by Jimmy McHugh & Dorothy Fields


Recorded: New York, January 7, 1958


Rating: 91/100 (learn more)

Sometimes Toots Thielemans plays so soulfully that you forget his "instrument" came from Woolworth's toy department. His agility, of course, was not so readily acquired. This 2-minute track amply illustrates both aspects of Toots's craft. As he movingly interprets an old standard, the tooter's technical mastery serves rather than subsumes his lyrical objectives. Indeed, Toots's imagination is even more impressive than his deftness. From conceiving that full-blown jazz might be played on a gadget that fits in the palm of your hand, to exercising such expressive control over said gizmo, Toots Thielemans reigns as the Wilbur Wright of palm pilots.

Reviewer: Alan Kurtz

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