Last Live in Blue Note Tokyo

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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. ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
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: 4/19/2011
  • Label: Wounded Bird Records
  • UPC: 664140107922
  • Catalog Number: 1079
  • Sales rank: 60,009

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Lady Liberty (12:26)
  2. 2 The Village (12:20)
  3. 3 Unrequited Love (11:35)
  4. 4 Hiroko's Delight (13:08)
  5. 5 Chasing After Love (10:33)
  6. 6 Hope (5:21)
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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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