Blue and great flirting swing atmospheres of Toots on guitar!,
This review is from: Blues Pour Flirter (Audio CD)
Toots Thielemans, not only THE master of harmonica playing, but also known for his whistling, started as a guitarist. On this album from 1961, recorded in Paris, the world famous Belgian jazz legend, plays with this occasional quartet a fine guitar and very enjoyable jazz to me.
Interesting to hear his work, even before he wrote Bluesette, before he made his star records with Quincy Jones, although already having been in the US in the '40's.
My favourite tracks are: "Bag's Groove", "We'll be Together Again", and his wonderfully swinging own composition "Le trottoir".
"Satin doll" is an adorable interpretation too!
He whistles an irresistible tune on "Honeysuckle Rose", which makes you feel happy!
Booklet commenter Alain Tercinet says that on quite a few tracks of this album, Toots proves to honour his credo : "Playing means expressing yourself, trying to add something to a melody that already exists".