Monday, 18 December 2017
Christian Escoudé Group Feat. Toots Thielemans (1983)
Quite happy this one was pointed out to me as missing from his discography. It's always worth listening to what guitarist Escoude has to say. Interestingly Kadjan is producer of this record, note full information here.
A track called Faces is unique in how progressive it is with the featured star on harmonica:
Just listen to the delicacy of the ascending guitar chords in that very light and so French opening sequence. This one by keyboardist Olivier Hutman. Toots himself appears quite sporadically, popping up here and there in some tracks alongside the other soloists as an equal, and is certainly not front and centre, which is a harmonically good thing.
Love the fact the album is on the lengthier side. Not a minute of boredom, except possibly the drum solo in the long track on the second side, and some of the gypsy material that, as is customary with this artist, Christian can never quite bring himself to eschew.