Leny Andrade, Paquito D’Rivera, Hendrik Muerkens, & Romero Lubambo Play Bluesette

by chipboaz on April 20, 2017

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It takes a pretty powerful piece of music to make the leap from one standard repertoire to another collection of songs considered required knowledge by another genre. In reality, it’s a fairly amazing task for one song to capture the collective consciousness of the world to become a standard. If we consider how many songs are written each year and then think about how many of them influence future generations, the percentage of songs that become standards is quite small. From there, you’ll find an even smaller number of songs that have made the leap between genres. It’s a very special song that inspires musicians enough to be played in a number of contexts.

Harmonica player Toots Thielemans wrote one of those songs when he penned “Bluesette,” originally in a jazz context before taking it into the world of Brazilian music. This was somewhat of a reflection of Theielmans’ own career, as he began playing jazz, first on guitar and then later on harmonica. It was during this time that he introduced “Bluesette,” playing the chords on guitar and whistling the melody. When Theielmans discovered Brazilian music, he embraced it whole heartedly, and the world of Brazilian jazz embraced him. The harmonica player ended up collaborating with a number of Brazilian musicians, most prominently on The Brasil Project and The The Brasil Project, Vol. 2. Through years of exchange, “Bluesette” became a samba and was consistently performed by Brazilian musicians. There’s plenty of love for Thielemans and “Bluesette” on stage in today’s video as some legends – Leny Andrade, Paquito D’Rivera, Romero Lubambo, Hendrik Muerkens, and more – perform the classic with a joyful energy.

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