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Mosaic Select: Toshiko Akiyoshi-Lew Tabackin Big

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Audio CD, June 23, 2009
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Disc: 1
1. Elegy
2. Memory
3. Kogun
4. American Ballad
5. Henpecked Old Man
6. Long Yellow Road
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Disc: 2
1. Since Perry/Yet Another Tear
2. Road Time Shuffle
3. Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan)
4. Strive for Jive
5. I Ain't Gonna Ask No More
6. Interlude
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Disc: 3
1. Minamata: Peaceful Village/Prosperity & Consequence/Epologue
2. March of the Tadpoles
3. Mobile
4. Deracinated Flower
5. Yellow Is Mellow
6. Notorious Tourist from East

Product Details

  • Audio CD (June 23, 2009)
  • Number of Discs: 3
  • Label: Mosaic Select
  • ASIN: B00284EM7I
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #359,853 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By William Stewart on June 30, 2009
Format: Audio CD
Includes the first five studio albums (complete) by this great LA-based big band. Some of the most exciting big band arrangements ever recorded. Akiyoshi's original compositions are always impressive and her arrangements are consistently amazing. These early albums have been hard to find for years except as expensive imports. All Akiyoshi / Tabackin big band albums are worth acquiring but these early albums really made their reputation in the mid - late 1970s. I hope Mosaic can release the rest of the band's output - especially the live "Road Time" double album.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Caponsacchi HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 12, 2009
Format: Audio CD
See my review at All About Jazz for a description of all the music, which ranges from 5-minute cookers to a 20-plus minute extended tone poem. There's sufficient evidence on the RCA recordings preserved in this Mosaic box set to support the claim that Toshiko's, in addition to being the first killer band led by a woman and playing a repertory composed almost entirely of her music, was the most creative and exciting big band during a time when, thanks largely to the academization of jazz studies and the labors of love of Ellington, Basie, Kenton, Woody, Maynard and Buddy Rich as "road bands" keeping the flame alive for little monetary return, that the big bands indeed were back--sort of. Rock, country, and fusion still sold out the big arenas and brought in the mega bucks, but high school and college kids along with their parents and the long-deprived big band fans from the 1940s had a magnificent reprieve. Two coastal "studio" bands benefited--Thad Jones/Mel Lewis on the East Coast and Toshiko/Tabackin on the West. Of the two, Toshiko's was the more daring, original, and well-rehearsed (there was no other way to cut the charts).

Some of this material is straight-ahead and swinging, with Toshiko playing a Bud Powell-inspired introduction which is picked up by the intricate orchestrations of the driving large-ensemble passages (often sounding like Supersax on steroids). At other times, she provides her versatile musicians with rich and colorful timbres, arrangements for 5 flutes, or for a piccolo and contrabass trombone--in short, the most Ellingtonian of all the big bands. (Most of the bands followed the "riff-driven" formulaic patterns that have been common in jazz from "In the Mood" to "Birdland" (the Joe Zawinul tune, not Shearing's "Lullabye).
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By a_simpleguy on August 15, 2013
Format: Audio CD Verified Purchase
This is a group of recordings that both swing and have depth. Great to hear them again. It's the kind of big band jazz that appeals to those who don't think they like big band jazz..
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Steven Fernow on July 7, 2014
Format: Audio CD
Great music and nice remastering. (still sounds better on vinyl, but it's good for digital.)
Same collection still available directly from Mosaicrecords.com for $51.00 (including shipping!!!!!)
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0 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Catherine D. on October 11, 2013
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These are Impressive and talented musical artist. Any music lover would enjoy Toshiko and Tabacking and their big band type music .
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