Thursday, September 12, 2013

Toots Thielemans - For My Lady

Picked up this CD at a performance the other night with Toots in a duo with pianist Kenny Werner. The incredible chemistry was breathtaking, so I was skeptical about this album, but after only a few listens, I believe it is just as soulful as the show. Shirley Horn's trio deliberately underplays the whole album, and the results are pure melody and feeling. Every song here is a winner. The one vocal song is great, and as usual, Toot's sole composition (the title cut) is an instant classic. Get this record, and go see the man, he is one of the last of the living legends...you will not be disappointed. - by A Customer, Amazon.com

The emphasis is on ballads for harmonica player Toots Thielemans' outing with the Shirley Horn Trio. Horn, in addition to contributing some tastefully supportive piano and occasional solos, takes a vocal on "Someone to Watch Over Me." Toots sounds quite relaxed performing 11 standards (only "Blues in the Closet" generates much heat) plus his original "For My Lady" with such comfortable backing. - by Scott Yanow, AMG

Artist: Toots Thielemans w. Shiley Horn Trio
Album: For My Lady
Year: 1991
Label: Gitanes Jazz
Runtime: 57:35

Tracks:
1.  For My Lady (Toots Thielemans) 4:30
2.  How Long Has This Been Going On? (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 5:29
3.  Blues in the Closet (Oscar Pettiford) 4:11
4.  Someone to Watch Over Me (George Gershwin/Ira Gershwin) 8:04
5.  I'm Beginning to See the Light (Harry James/Duke Ellington/Johnny Hodges/Don George)  4:37
6.  The More I See You (Harry Warren/Mack Gordon) 4:54
7.  The Mooche (Duke Ellington/Irving Mills) 4:00
8.  Close Your Eyes (Bernice Petkere) 4:37
9.  Blue and Sentimental (Count Basie/Jerry Livingston/Mack David) 3:29
10.  Corcovado (Antonio Carlos Jobim) 5:37
11.  Willow Weep for Me (Ann Ronell) 4:49
12.  Once in a While (Michael Edward/Bud Green)  3:18

Personnel:
Toots Thielemans (Harmonica, Guitar, Whistle)
Shirley Horn (Piano, Vocal)
Charles Ables (Bass Guitar)
Steve Williams (Drums)

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