A flurry of early harmonica jazz recordings from the early 50s – mostly by a young Toots Thielemans
, but also featuring a number of tracks from the lesser-known Les Thompson as well! The tracks by Toots
are mostly European recordings, done at a time when he was first feeling out a space for his instrument in jazz – and years before he became THE player on his instrument, used in countless sessions, studio work, and soundtracks. All recordings were done in Europe, and include material by Toots
' own group, plus performances under the leadership of Zoot Sims and Benny Goodman. Titles include "Nalen Boogie", "Red Devil's Boogie", "Harmonica Rag", "Toots
Blues", "Happy Go Lazy", and "All The Things You Are". The last 8 tracks on the set all feature Les Thompson working during a live Gene Norman Presents date in Pasadena in February 1952 – most of which also includes performances by Conte Candoli, Dexter Gordon, and Wardell Gray – on titles that include "Undecided", "Lady Be Good", "I'm In The Mood For Love", "Stardust", and "Hot Harmonica".