Toots Thielmanns, “ Live at Chapiteau Opera, Liege”

Toots Thielmanns illustration by JOtwell (click to buy)
Toots Thielmanns illustration by JOtwell (click to buy)

Imagine, if you will, a frail silver-haired ,ninety year old Belgian harmonica player, confined to a wheelchair, yet still the undisputed master of a notoriously difficult instrument, the chromatic harmonica.

There have been very few players to reach the heights on this instrument…Larry Adler and Stevie Wonder come to mind, but this old guy, Toots Thielmanns, was , and still is, the guy. Ask anybody.

He celebrated his ninetieth birthday with a live concert in Liege, which has recently become available on DVD. “ Live at Chapiteau Opera, Liege”

Not only a wonderful testament to a monumental musician, but living proof that if the musical spirit is deep in your soul, age ain’t got nothin’ to do with  it.

Totally recommended at every level. Feed your souls with this remarkable performance.