Stephane Grappelli and Toots Thielemans – Bringing It Together

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“This 1984 studio session finally appeared commercially on the Cymekob label in 1995, featuring violinist Stéphane Grappelli in a rare meeting with harmonica player Toots Thielemans; the rest of the group included guitarists Martin Taylor and Marc Fosset with bassist Brian Torff. Though producer Andy Kulberg claims in his notes that neither musician had recorded any of the songs, this is a bit of a stretch. Things get off to a good start with a swinging “Bye Bye Blackbird” and are only weighed down slightly by the tedious “Just the Two of Us” and Paul Simon’s lightweight “Fifty Ways to Leave Your Lover.” The rich ballad “Georgia on My Mind” rekindles the fire within the session and “You’d Be So Nice to Come Home To” is highlighted by Thielemans’ matchless whistling. While this release could have been stronger with better chosen songs, it will be an essential acquisition for fans of either Grappelli or Thielemans.” – Ken Dryden/AllMusic.

Track listing:

1 Bye Bye, Blackbird
Written-By – Dixon, Henderson
2 Just The Two Of Us
Written By [Miscredited] – Simpson/Thompson
Written-By [Uncredited] – Bill Withers, Ralph MacDonald, William Salter
3 Fifty Ways To Leave Your Lover
Written-By – Paul Simon
4 Georgia On My Mind
Written-By – Carmichael, Gorrell
5 The Jitterbug Waltz
Written-By – Thomas “Fats” Waller
6 You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To
Guitar, Whistling – Toots Thielemans
Written-By – Cole Porter
7 Hit The Road, Jack
Written-By – P. Mayfield
8 Limehouse Blues
Written-By – Furber, Braham
9 As Time Goes By
Written-By – Herman Hupfeld


Bass – Brian Torff
Guitar – Marc Fosset, Martin Taylor
Harmonica – Toots Thielemans
Violin – Stéphane Grappelli