Jazz legend ‘Between a Smile and a Tear’. Toots Thielemans (1922-2016)
(Dirk Van Assche) The Low Countries - 2017, № 25, p. 304-305
Those musicians people can recognize after only hearing a couple of notes are few and far between. Only the truly great are endowed with that power. Toots Thielemans was one of them. According to connoisseurs he was, after Jacques Brel, probably the greatest Belgian musician of the last century. ‘Toots’ passed away on August 22, 2016 at the age of ninety-four. ‘Between a smile and a tear, that’s where you can find me’.