Thursday, January 18, 2007

Toots Thielemans- Coracao Vagabundo

Beauty is fleeting.

This unassuming duet between two musical giants ranks among my favorite pieces of music. The combination of Belgian composer, whistler and harmonica master Toots Thielemans and Brazilian composer and pop star Caetano Veloso is painfully ravishing. Much of The Brasil Project, Thieleman's 1992 collaboration with that country's top artists, rivals this sublime brilliance.

The bluesy roots rock of Grace Potter and the Nocturnals turned a lot of heads in 2006. I featured them back in July. This year the band may reach aging Bonnie Raitt and Leon Russell fans in addition to firmly establishing themselves on the Bonnaroo and Wakarusa circuits. This live video and corresponding MP3 of "Treat Me Right" capture the essence of the band.

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