Last Live in Blue Note Tokyo

Last Live in Blue Note Tokyo

by Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra
     
 

Toshiko Akiyoshi kept her jazz orchestra going for three decades before finally disbanding it at the end of 2003. Last Live in Blue Note Tokyo, recorded over two nights in November 2003, contains some of the band's final performances. Her playful "Lady Liberty" comes from Akiyoshi's 1986 "Liberty Suite," written in honor of the centennial of the Statue of…  See more details below

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Toshiko Akiyoshi kept her jazz orchestra going for three decades before finally disbanding it at the end of 2003. Last Live in Blue Note Tokyo, recorded over two nights in November 2003, contains some of the band's final performances. Her playful "Lady Liberty" comes from Akiyoshi's 1986 "Liberty Suite," written in honor of the centennial of the Statue of Liberty. Her bustling "The Village" is a multifaceted extended work, including her infectious introduction on piano, Lew Tabackin's explosive tenor sax solo, and a conversational muted trombone solo in the mold of Tricky Sam Nanton. Tabackin's "Unrequited Love" is an impressive Far Eastern showcase for his magical flute. Akiyoshi's hard-charging bop vehicle "Chasing After Love" is a superb variation on the standard "Lover," featuring Tabackin's boisterous tenor. If Last Live in Blue Note Tokyo ends up being Toshiko Akiyoshi's final documentation of her orchestra, it will easily rank as one of the best recordings by a modern big band of its era. [Initially only available as a Japanese CD, Last Live in Blue Note Tokyo was reissued in the U.S. by Wounded Bird in 2011.]

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Product Details

Release Date:
04/19/2011
Label:
Wounded Bird Records
UPC:
0664140107922
catalogNumber:
1079
Rank:
50180

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra   Primary Artist
Toshiko Akiyoshi   Indexed Contributor,Piano,Conductor
Terumasa Hino   Trumpet
Jim Snidero   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Lew Tabackin   Flute,Tenor Saxophone
Scott Robinson   Baritone Saxophone,Soprano Saxophone
Steve Armour   Trombone
John Eckert   Trumpet
Pat Hallaran   Trombone
Dan Levine   Trombone
Dave Pietro   Flute,Alto Saxophone
Mike Ponella   Trumpet
Jim Rotondi   Trumpet
Andy Watson   Drums
Jim O'Connor   Trumpet
Tom Christensen   Flute,Soprano Saxophone,Tenor Saxophone
Tim Newman   Bass Trombone
Paul Gill   Bass

Technical Credits

Toshiko Akiyoshi   Composer,Orchestration
Lew Tabackin   Composer
Satoh Tomonori   Executive Producer
Yasuyuki Mori   Director
Tetsuji Nishigaki   Director
Sakae Kobayashi   Director
Motoya Shiraishi   Director
Masato Shiotani   Executive Producer

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