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Jazz Matinee: Let Freedom Swing
     

Jazz Matinee: Let Freedom Swing

by Toshiko Akiyoshi
 

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A number of artists have guested with the SWR Big Band in Europe for record dates, but the appearance of pianist/composer Toshiko Akiyoshi is definitely a special meeting. Having broken up her own big band a few years prior to these 2007 sessions after finding it difficult to get sufficient opportunities to record and perform, her

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A number of artists have guested with the SWR Big Band in Europe for record dates, but the appearance of pianist/composer Toshiko Akiyoshi is definitely a special meeting. Having broken up her own big band a few years prior to these 2007 sessions after finding it difficult to get sufficient opportunities to record and perform, her demanding bop charts inspire this all-star European orchestra. On this occasion, the band devotes two CDs to recording their guest's charts. Starting with her "Drum Conference (3rd Movement)," a lively bop reworking of the standard "After You've Gone," it is clear that the band is on fire. The influence of Bud Powell on Akiyoshi is apparent in her driving "Harlequin's Tear" (which is also heard in a separate live rendition at the end of disc two), while her Japanese heritage is a key ingredient in the mournful "Kogun," which features flautist Jörg Kaugmann and the composer. "Let Freedom Swing" is an unusual affair, a dramatic number with spoken text read by Dagmar Claus, but also a swinging uptempo big-band instrumental. The second disc begins with the furious bop vehicle "Lady Liberty" suggesting the hustle and bustle of New York City. "Pollination" is another haunting Japanese theme, featuring Kaufman again on flute and alto saxophonist Klaus Graf. She revisits her lively bossa nova "Warning! Success May Be Hazardous to Your Health" in a sterling performance by the SWR Big Band. Even though Toshiko Akiyoshi is no longer working regularly with her big band, these 2007 sessions with the talented European all-stars are a reminder how talented a composer, arranger, and bandleader the pianist is.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/10/2008
Label:
Swrmusic
UPC:
4010276020424
catalogNumber:
93203

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Performance Credits

Toshiko Akiyoshi   Primary Artist,Piano,Soloist,Musical Direction
Felice Civitareale   Trumpet,Flugelhorn
Claus Reichstaller   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Marc Godfroid   Trombone,Soloist
Decebal Badila   Bass,Soloist
Karl Farrent   Trumpet,Flugelhorn,Soloist
Axel Kuhn   Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Ian Cumming   Trombone,Soloist
Klaus Graf   Clarinet,Flute,Alto Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone,Soloist
Ernst Hutter   Trombone
Andi Maile   Clarinet,Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone,Soloist
Frank Wellert   Trumpet,Flugelhorn

Technical Credits

Toshiko Akiyoshi   Arranger,Composer
Gudrun Endress   Program Notes
Karl Farrent   Executive Producer,translation
Ulrich De Veer   Executive Producer
Manfred Deppe   Engineer,Artistic Director

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