口琴是一种结构简单、形体小巧的簧乐器。但它向来以其明丽流转的音色、清雅脱俗的气韵和丰富多变的技法为人们所喜爱，几乎可以算得上是世界上普及性最高的乐器。而在一般由音色比较厚重的键盘、铜管、木管、弓弦和打击乐器编成的爵士乐里，一旦出现一只“压得住台”的主奏口琴，它所独具的音色和对整个乐团的 “牵引力” ,便然能牢牢地抓住听者的心神,整个乐团音色的粗与细、厚与薄、明与暗的对比都将达到进一步协调。
数十年来一直享有“ 爵士口琴第一人”称号的大师图茨·蒂勒曼斯（Toots Thielemans）成功地将口琴带到爵士乐，将它建立为一种主奏乐器，使口琴成为爵士乐主角。虽然， Larry Adler 比 Toots Thielemans 更早将口琴普及化，但 Larry Adler 较多用口琴在流行曲与古典音乐上，至於将半音口琴用在爵士乐中，就以 Toots Thielemans 为最先。
Toots Thielemans是比利时人。他是欧洲爵士音乐家中最顶尖的大师之一，曾于20世纪60年代在丹麦首都哥本哈根这一欧洲爵士乐的大本营发展多年，在那儿录制了不少唱片。Toots Thielemans 在技巧上和在感情演绎上，都很杰出，他的口琴solos可以去到非常复杂的程度，追得上钢琴和萨克士风那么复杂。Toots Thielemans 口琴之音色，永远是来得那么润和甜，从不显得单薄或吃力，实在赏心悦耳。Toots Thielemans 於口琴之运用，於今世界上，独领风骚，根本没有对手。
曾与Toots Thielemans合作的爵士乐及流行乐大师多不胜数，包括Benny Goodman、Stephane Grapelli、Charlie Parker、Bill Evans、Ella Fitzgerald、Dizzy Gillespie、Count Basie、Oscar Peterson、Gilberto Gil、Joe Pass、Pat Metheny、Quincy Jones、Edith Piaf、Paul MaCartney、Paul Simon、Billy Joel.......等，他曾以口琴为多部著名电影配乐，包括"午夜牛郎"、"亡命大煞星"、"横冲直撞大逃亡"、"吧女生涯原是梦"等，儿童电视节目"芝麻街"的主题曲，也是由他吹奏。因此即使你不认识他，也总会听过他的音乐，甚至已喜欢他。
这张《银色精选》（“The Silver Collection”，CD编号 POLYDOR 825 086-2）是Toots很有代表性的唱片之一，由Toots演奏口琴和吉他，于1974年和1975年间录制于荷兰，收入《为爱付出》、《我的小山羊皮鞋子》（“My Little Suede Shoes”）、《你是我的蓝调机器》、《有生之年你在干些什么》（“What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life”）和《老朋友》（“Oldfriend”）等16首乐曲。
Audio CD (October 25, 1990)
Number of Discs: 1
Label: Universal I.S.
Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Isidor, Baron Thielemans (born Brussels, 29 April 1922), known as Toots Thielemans, is a Belgian jazz artist well known for his guitar and harmonica playing as well as his highly accomplished professional whistling. He is often credited by jazz aficionados and jazz critics as being the greatest jazz harmonica player of the century.
Thielemans started his career as a guitar player. In 1949 he joined a jam session in Paris with Sidney Bechet, Charlie Parker, Miles Davis, Max Roach and others. In 1951 he went on tour with Bobbejaan Schoepen.
He moved to the US in 1952 where he was a member of Charlie Parker's All-Stars. He played and recorded with names like Ella Fitzgerald, The George Shearing Quintet, Quincy Jones, Bill Evans, Paul Simon, Billy Joel, Astrud Gilberto, Shirley Horn, Elis Regina and others.
A jazz standard by Toots Thielemans is "Bluesette" where he used whistling and guitar in unison. Bluesette became a major 1962 worldwide hit for him and this still much beloved and requested piece has been re-recorded by him and commercially released on records/CDs many times over both in various studio versions and live on-stage performances performed in several different countries. His trademark harmonica playing can also be heard in movie scores such as Breakfast at Tiffany's (where his plaintive "Moon River" solo in the opening scene brilliantly establishes the film's mood of romance noir), Midnight Cowboy, Bagdad CafÃ©, The Getaway, French Kiss, and in various TV programs like Sesame Street, the Belgian TV series Witse and the Dutch TV series Baantjer. His professional whistling and harmonica playing can be heard on Old Spice radio and TV commercials that have been made over the years. In 1983 he contributed to Billy Joel's album An Innocent Man, and his trademark harmonica can be heard on "Leave a Tender Moment Alone."
In the 90s Thielemans embarked on theme projects that included world music. In 1998 he released a French flavoured album titled "Chez Toots" that included the Les Moulins De Mon Coeur (The Windmills of My Heart) featuring guest singer Johnny Mathis. This CD continues to sell well.
Apart from his popularity as an accomplished musician, he is well liked for his modesty and kind demeanor. In his native Belgium, he is also popular for describing himself as a Brussels "ket", which means "street kid" in old Brussels slang. He received a joint honorary doctorate from the Vrije Universiteit Brussel and the UniversitÃ© Libre de Bruxelles (Belgium) and in 2001 Thielemans was ennobled a baron by King Albert II of Belgium.
In 2005 he was nominated for the title of De Grootste Belg (The Greatest Belgian). In the Flemish version he ended 20th place, in the Walloon version he ended 44th place.
in October 2008, he was honored with the 2009 National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Masters Fellowship.
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01. I Do It For Your Love
02. My Little Suede Shoes
03. You're My Blues Machine
04. Dirty Old Man
05. Theme From 'Summer Of '42'
07. Muskrat Ramble
08. The Mooche
09. What Are You Doing The Rest Of Your Life
10. The Gentle Rain
11. The First Time Ever I Saw Your Face
12. Big Bossa
14. You've Got It Bad Girl
15. Love Remembered
16. Old Friend