Live at the Iridium

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All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Nobuki Takamen's third CD is his first for a widely distributed label. Like the guitarist's earlier efforts, this disc focuses on his originals, though recorded live at the Iridium. Joining him are three fine musicians: pianist Hitoshi Kanda, bassist John Lenis, and drummer Yutaka Uchida. Takamen's "Strolling in Downtown" is a breezy tune that needs lyrics; his spacious, clean lines likely had people humming its catchy theme on the way out of the club. "14-1" is a hip uptempo bop vehicle with a few Afro-Cuban interludes thrown in. "Smile" is not the old Charlie Chaplin song but a laid-back, hopeful ballad penned by the leader. "One Big Shot" practically explodes with its ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Ken Dryden
Nobuki Takamen's third CD is his first for a widely distributed label. Like the guitarist's earlier efforts, this disc focuses on his originals, though recorded live at the Iridium. Joining him are three fine musicians: pianist Hitoshi Kanda, bassist John Lenis, and drummer Yutaka Uchida. Takamen's "Strolling in Downtown" is a breezy tune that needs lyrics; his spacious, clean lines likely had people humming its catchy theme on the way out of the club. "14-1" is a hip uptempo bop vehicle with a few Afro-Cuban interludes thrown in. "Smile" is not the old Charlie Chaplin song but a laid-back, hopeful ballad penned by the leader. "One Big Shot" practically explodes with its hard bop energy, while the understated "Union Square Nobels" is a piano-less affair, focusing on the leader's intimate guitar. Takamen is a talented guitarist, though including one or two familiar songs might have helped listeners better assess his abilities.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/13/2010
  • Label: Summit(Classical)
  • UPC: 099402547923
  • Catalog Number: 547
  • Sales rank: 214,634

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Strolling In Downtown (12:30)
  2. 2 14-1 (8:47)
  3. 3 Smile (7:06)
  4. 4 One Big Shot (8:29)
  5. 5 Union Square Nobels (6:54)
  6. 6 The Other Side of City (13:45)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Nobuki Takamen Primary Artist, Guitar
Yutaka Uchida Drums
John Lenis Bass
Hitoshi Kanda Piano
Technical Credits
Katsuhiko Naito Engineer, Mastering
Nobuki Takamen Composer
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