Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Toshiko's Piano

Toshiko Akiyoshi was only 23 years old when Oscar Peterson heard her during a Jazz at the Philharmonic tour of Japan in 1953 ; he immediately went raving to impresario Norman Granz to implore him to record her. So Granz produced Akiyoshi's debut as a leader on a 10" disc (released as Amazing Toshiko Akiyoshi in Japan and as Toshiko's Piano elsewhere) with the Jazz at the Philharmonic rhythm section (guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown, and drummer J.C. Heard). The Bud Powell influence is rather obvious during several of the tracks, as Akiyoshi slashes her way through "What Is This Thing Called Love ?," "I Want to Be Happy," the lesser-known "Shadrach," and a very brisk treatment of Johnny Hodges' "Squatty Roo." She also shows promise at more relaxed tempos, playing standards such as "Gone With the Wind" and a dreamy, somewhat impressionistic piano solo of "Laura." Rounding out the set are two originals, the lightly swinging "Toshiko's Blues" and slightly exotic "Solidado." Because it is likely that the master tapes to this session were misfiled or lost, it remained out of print until a Japanese collector provided a copy of the original disc as source material for this 24-bit Japanese CD reissue. This formidable debut was the start of a long and successful career, so Oscar Peterson deserves as much thanks as Norman Granz for introducing the jazz world at large to this phenomenal pianist, Toshiko Akiyoshi. The only thing that may cause some buyers to hesitate to purchase this disc is the relatively high price for a playing time of under 24 minutes.
Ken Dryden

Source : http://www.allmusic.com/album/toshikos-piano-mw0000501741

Toshiko Akiyoshi
Toshiko's Piano

Tracks

1 What Is This Thing Called Love ? (Porter)  2:45
2 Gone With the Wind (Magidson, Wrubel)  2:33
3 I Want to Be Happy (Caesar, Youmans)  2:14
4 Toshiko's Blues (Akiyoshi)  3:44
5 Shadrach (McGimsey)  2:41
6 Solidado (Akiyoshi)  3:29
7 Squatty Roo (Hodges)  2:38
8 Laura (Mercer, Raksin)  3:27

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Personnel
Toshiko Akiyoshi - p
Herb Ellis - g
Ray Brown - b
J. C. Heard - dr

Recorded at Radio Tokyo Studio 2, Tokyo, Japan ; November 13 & 14, 1953

32 comments:

wouter said...

i've never seen this before, and i'm a huge toshiko fan...
thank you so much, Mel!

zero said...

Excellent! Thank you very much.

headman said...

Another Toshiko fan here and I'm very grateful to you for sharing this unknown (to me) recording.

Bhowani said...

thank you, mel.

neil said...

The earliest I had of her was 1956; so many thanks for this, mel...

Frasco said...

Thank you very much for this and for the previous essential Toshiko records!

Frasco said...

In fact the "exotic" Solidado, that recalls the portuguese fado Solidao only in the name, is a remake of Poinciana, isn't it?

rm said...

merci beaucoup

jose arboleda said...

muchas gracias

Jazzsoulman said...

THANKS

5 cents said...

me too, merci beaucoup Mel

Zaftig said...

thank you for this post .. rare & sweet..

Newlyner said...

A Gem, many thanks for posting :)

q3mi4 said...

Toshiko's Blues theme sounds the same as Bud's Blues as heard on the Jim Hall - JJ Johnson duet :)

Jaffa said...

Mel - grateful for this GREAT one !

daniel genovese said...

Thank you!

ProfessorCalculus said...

Thanks (from Yesterday)

Otis Foster said...

Thanks Melanchthon

rubberduck said...

Many thanks Mel

rubberduck said...

Many thanks , Mel

X75a said...

Thanks, Mel. Don't think I've seen this Toshiko album before.

deGallo said...

thank you.

hepcat said...

Thank you, Mel.

glinka21 said...

Thanks again, Mel.

Rodney said...

Thank you, Mel

kristophermc28 said...

Thanks Mel!

chuchuni said...

Thanks Mel!

jazzcat1228 said...

Thank you, Mel!

Melanchthon said...

http://www59.zippyshare.com/v/FaV6d094/file.html

Kovina Kris said...

What a wonderful surprise. I've long been a fan of the Akiyoshi/Tabackin big band but really have no idea what stuff is out there under just Toshiko's name. I'm always on it when I see anything from her and this looks quite rare to boot. Thank you!

Angel said...

Good life here, Mel. Thank you.

Dr. Clysmok said...

An unexpected surprise. Thank you!