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Folk & Jazz fan, specialising in vinyl restoration. Although I would prefer to only post albums that I have paid for, or those of close friends, I am open to suggestions and offers of rare Folk items that need tender care and restoration, provided the supplier has the right of ownership of the physical item. NOT JUST an MP3 COPY of it. To give you an idea, I am prepared to restore vinyl belonging to another person, IF I receive a decent quality scan of the front, back and any relevant information that comes with the LP, preferably at least 2400 by 2400 quality, (600DPI scans for back) along with the sound files in FLAC format as waves are a bit too large to transfer. Then I will check their suitability for restoration. I try to maintain the requirement for a decent set of scans for each item, where possible, as I feel the music is incomplete without it. Sometimes this is just not possible as a lot of my stock came from broadcasting organisations that had their own heavy card sleeves, with information relevant to their prime function, that of providing the disc-jockies with basic details to pass on to listeners. I do wonder what happened to all the original artwork?

Thursday, 7 January 2010

52 Years Ago "Toots Thielemans" Decca DL9204


A great album from the master of the "Gob Iron" (Harmonica) long derided by jazz musicians as a NOT A REAL jazz instrument, Toots proved otherwise, by playing with some highly respected jazz luminaries, he has become World renown.

The support artists on this album list like..

                                                    Hank Jones: Piano, Art Taylor: Drums
Doug Watkins: Bass, Urbie Green: Trombone
Billy Byers: Trombone/Arranger
Chauncy Welsch:Trombone
Santos Russo:
Al Cohn: Tenor Sax
Zoot Sims: Tenor Sax
Al Epstein: Tenor Sax

With Toots on Harmonica & Guitar

Side A:

1. The Nearness of You
2. In a Sentimental Mood
3. You Took Advantage of Me
4. Cool & Easy
5. Body & soul
6. Cuckoo in the Clock

Side B:
1. Tangerine
2. Early Autumn
3. Them There Eyes
4. Handfull of Stars
5. Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man
6. Clap Yo' Hands

Vinyl 12" LP DECCA DL 9204

Recorded January-February 1958

Music and scans HERE

Password is gonzoTOFT

This is another album ripped with the Edirol UA-1ex from the trusty Ariston transcription deck with the Shure V15 cartridge via the Tecnics phono amplifier.
Initial rip done at 96k sampling to extract the most possible from the album 
(including the scratches and clicks).
Noise reduction by Adobe Audition, fine click removal and final digital mastering with Sound Forge. Re-sampled and MP3 coded 320k CBR Stereo with LAME V3.90.


vilstef said...

some more toots:

Gonzo said...

Some more good stuff

vilstef said...

And more still:

vilstef said...

Gonzo, if you think there would be interest in this, you might want to make a separate post of it as not everyone reads the comments. Here's a link I found for a bunch of Stephane Grappelli's albums. Every link I have tried on it is live.

WOODY said...

Hi Gonzo,
thanks for the album "TIMEOUT FOR TOOTS", one of my favourite interpreter of the Jazz I like - beside e.g. the early recordings of the George Shearing Quintet, some productions were made together with Toots.

Just found your blog and I see that this will be a great discovery for me - and a great challenge for my hard disc too.....!

Gonzo said...

Welcome Woody
Not been very active on the blog front recently, lots to do in life as well as messing here, I am sure you know what I mean, but please find anything you like and enjoy it.
I own both the Toots albums here but check the comments in this posting from vilstef, some other material you might also like.

the jazzman said...

I missed this one. Glad I dropped by. Thanks.

rm said...

THank you very much!

Baron said...

Thanks again ... 52 years ago ... I'd be so lucky ... Baron