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Farewell by Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band
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Artist/Band:Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band
Name:Farewell
Cat No.:BVCJ-37327
Performed by:Toshiko Akiyoshi (arranger,piano)
Lew Tabackin (flute,tenor sax)
Buddy Childers (trumpet)
Steven Huffsteter (trumpet)
Larry Ford (trumpet)
Mike Price (trumpet)
Rick Culver (trombone)
Hart Smith (trombone)
Bruce Fowler (trombone)
Phil Teele (bass trombone)
Dan Higgins (alto sax)
Gary Foster (alto sax)
John Gross (tenor sax)
Bill Byrne (baritone sax)
Steve Houghton (drums)
Bob Bowman (bass)
Release Date:05/07/2003
Description:Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band was formed in Los Angeles in 1973. The rehearsal band of studio musicians had a clear concept: it would feature Akiyoshi as its sole composer/arranger and Tabackin as main soloist on tenor and flute. The band continued to record and tour until disbanded in 1982 when the two principals moved to New York. (They formed a new band called "Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra Featuring Lew Tabackin" which was active until 2003.)

With a flexible reed section each member of which was capable of switching instruments, the band had a distinctively colorful sound. With Akiyoshi's innovative compositions, Tabackin's superb solos and the band's tight execution, it was considered as one of the best big bands in the United States.

Farewell is perhaps best known for its title tune, a tribute by Akiyoshi to her "mentor in spirit," Charles Mingus, who died a year before this recording. Throughout this exceptional album, the band shows their musical maturity as a group and Akiyoshi as a skilled composer and arranger. Their sounds are strong, bold, delicate and soulful.

Produced by Hiroshi Isaka. Recorded in January 1980 in Los Angeles. This reissue CD was remasterd with K2 24-bit technology and released in 2003.

Album Tracks:
1. After Mr. Teng
2. Song For The Harvest
3. Shades Of Yellow
4. Autumn Sea
5. Farewell (To Mingus)MP3 Sample
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