Toots Thielmans at Blue Note with Kenny
Werner, Oscar Castro-Neves, and Airto
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Toots Thielmans on Harmonica
Kenny Werner on Piano
Airto on Percussion
Oscar Castro-Neves on Guitar
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by Dr. Roberta E. Zlokower
New York City - March 5, 2010
What a treat to see
Thielemans performing again at almost 88. He was on stage for a huge
audience of longtime fans, joined by Oscar Castro-neves on guitar, Kenny
Werner on piano, and Airto on percussion. Tonight's theme was mostly
Brazilian, and Oscar Castro-Neves began the second set with sultry swing and smooth
bossa novas. "Gone with the Wind" soon followed, with Kenny Werner's seasoned
accompaniment. Castro-Neves introduced a song he wrote for his daughter, with
Thielemans now onstage. Castro-Neves plays an invigorating guitar, and
Toots' harmonica responded with clear, resonant harmonies. Bits of ballads were
sewn in with improvisational flourish. Antonio Carlos Jobim's "Waters of March"
followed, with Castro-Neves singing English lyrics while accompanying himself on
guitar. What he lacked in tune he added in soul.
Chaplin's "Smile" brought wide smiles throughout the crowd, and Werner switched
from piano to synthesizer for a string ensemble effect. Toots' harmonica solos yielded
to Castro-Neves' guitar riffs. Although
was packed, the air was thick with silent anticipation. For everyone present, the
moment was emotional and poignant. Jobim's "No More Blues", a samba, brought
everyone back to Rio, and the mood switched to surreal and vibrant. Toots' long
harmonica solo was enhanced by Airto on Latin percussion, punctuated by samba rhythms.
The Club was dark, with dim stage lights, and photography was difficult, especially
from my rear piano vantage point. Yet, a couple of dreamy images are below.
courtesy by Roberta Zlokower
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Publishing Date: 27/03/2010