Sunday, August 6, 2017

Toshiko Akiyoshi and her International Jazz Sextet

This very obscure record is not the first date as a leader by Toshiko Akiyoshi, but it is a gem worth acquiring. The pianist is joined by an all-star group that includes either cornetist Nat Adderley or trumpeter Doc Severinson, clarinetist/alto saxophonist Rolf Kuhn, flutist/tenor saxophonist/baritone saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, guitarist René Thomas, bassist John Drew, and drummer Bert Dahlander. There's a feeling of camaraderie as a mixture of head arrangements ("Broadway") and written charts ("Strike Up the Band") of standards, as well as original material by the participants (Jaspar's tasty "Sukiyaki" and the leader's "United Notions"), unfold before the listener. The record begins on a slightly campy note as each musician, following the leader's example, introduces himself in his native language.
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/cg/amg.dll?p=amg&sql=10:jxfuxq8gld6e

Toshiko Akiyoshi
International Jazz Sextet
United Notions

Tracks

1 I Cried for You (Arnheim, Lyman, Freed)  3:34
2 Introduction  0:31
3 Broadway (Bird, McRae, Woode)  6:48
4 Sukiyaki (Jaspar)  6:30
5 Swingin' Till the Girls Come Home (Pettiford)  6:50
6 United Notions (Akiyoshi)  6:19
7 Civilized Folk (Freedman)  4:15
8 Strike up the Band (Gershwin, Gershwin)  4:24
9 Jane (Freedman)  4:16

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Personnel
Toshiko Akiyoshi - p
Nat Adderley - crt
Doc Severinson - tp
Bobby Jaspar - ts, bs & fl
Rolf Kuhn - cl & as
René Thomas - g
John Drew - b
Bert Dahlander - dr

Recorded at Beltone Studios,, New York City ; June 13, 1958

Se also
http://www.jazzwax.com/2016/07/toshiko-akiyoshi-united-notions.html?utm_source=feedblitz&utm_medium=FeedBlitzRss&utm_campaign=FeedBlitzRss&utm_content=Toshiko+Akiyoshi%3a+United+Notions

38 comments:

Bhowani said...

Toshiko Akiyoshi and Internationa 6tet

Incredible line up ! Thank you so much Mel !

An by the way : Très bonne et heureuse année !!!

jpo said...

interesting note: many years ago i went to Interlochen Arts Academy in michigan... for art, not music. In any case, toshiko akiyoshi and lew tabakin's daughter (i forget her name but she was beautiful) was also there. I remember her telling me her mom HATED guitar players and that she thought they had no place in jazz groups.
I wonder if Mr. Thomas had anything to do with that opinion?
cheers!
jpo

the doc said...

Just in December this was posted over at jazzman's place. Are both in FLAC?

grumpy said...

A welcome upgrade (the post at the jazzman's was an mp3). Many thanks.

yewsta said...

Upgrade for me too - thank you, mel.

jazzfriend said...

Extraordinario aporte, melanchthon, Toshiko Akiyoshi es una pianista y compositora, arreglista, etc, etc, de primera linea.

Consulta, ¿será posible conseguir algunas grabaciones de la Toshiko Akiyoshi & Lew Tabackin Big Band?, en especial sus trabajos de los '70, como "Road Time" y algunos otros titulos grabados para la RCA.

Saludos desde Chile.

Te invito nuevamente a visitar mi blog: "sintemoraljazz.blogspot.com"

Melanchthon said...

Hello the doc. Jazzman's post is an .mp3.

the doc said...

oh, then I'd better grab this one!! Thanks very much.

Orbyt said...

Thanks Mel, always on the lookout for two of my faves: Rene Thomas and Bobby Jaspar. Great session!

swingingduck said...

Mel, thanks for Toshiko.

dputydwg said...

thanks so much

musician3 said...

Great......Thank You Very Much

rowgatien said...

Wow! Great music. Toshiko can really make these guys shine.

jnanavakya said...

The name of the record is misspelt twice. Must be: Toshiko AkiyoshI and her International Jazz Sextet - United NOtions. See the second word (put i) and the last word (put o instead of a) just under the album cover. And big thanks for the music!!!

Melanchthon said...

Ok. It's correct now.

censusloss said...

Looks good- willing to dip a toe in for a listen I find the standard and approach of the average modern era Japanese(were there old era jazzers??)jazzer to always be worth checking out

Add my thanks to you , Mel

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Aepticos said...

Comment vous remercier? Cette terre noire est si fertile et généreuse qu'on éprouve quelque gêne à moissonner sans laisser ne serait-ce que quelques signes dans les herbes. Merci encore.

rm said...

merci beaucoup

swamielmo said...

wonderful fun music. thank you.

reindeer man said...

Thanks Mel, FLAC is always nicer. This originally grabbed me because of Nat Adderley, but altoist Rolf Kuhn is a somewhat of a revelation. I'll have to check out your Rolf Kuhn post as well.

As always, thanks again. And wonderful to see you back, and on a tear.

reindeer man said...

Thanks Mel, FLAC is always nicer. This originally grabbed me because of Nat Adderley, but altoist Rolf Kuhn is a somewhat of a revelation. I'll have to check out your Rolf Kuhn post as well.

As always, thanks again. And wonderful to see you back, and on a tear.

deGallo said...

Thanks. Another upgrade. Nice!!

Kovina Kris said...

Thank you Mel. Toshiko has long been a favorite composer/musician to me.

jazzcat1228 said...

Very nice share. Thank you, Mel!

JazzMat said...

Hello Mel. Download links are not working anymore. Would you be so kind to upload again the file? Thank you very much!

Jazzsoulman said...

Thank you

jm said...

At minimum, this will be a fascinating document to hear and to think about within its historical context. I keep saying, in my notes of thanks, what a great teacher you are to me, and here is another instance, somewhat different in kind from the others.

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks again Mel!

AmyBRAINS said...

Many thanks, Melanchthon.

Anonymous said...

Wow!!! Toshiko! Nat! Doc! Bobby! Rolf! Rene! John! Bert!
Mel, you are a Godsent to all of us. Thanks !

Guille Tolstoi said...

SEcond link its fucker Man :(

Anonymous said...

please re-upload the second link...

Melanchthon said...

http://www59.zippyshare.com/v/csGCeFyn/file.html
http://www59.zippyshare.com/v/wU0t2Q5w/file.html

Pedro del Castillo Alonso said...

Hi,
Thank you very much Mel!!
Pedro

adakun said...

Gracias Mel!!

Angel said...

Thanks and thanks

daniel genovese said...

Thank you.

sandor essedy said...

great thanks!