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From Toshiko With Love by Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band
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Artist/Band:Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band
Name:From Toshiko With Love
Cat No.:BVCJ-37328
Performed by:Toshiko Akiyoshi (arranger,piano)
Lew Tabackin (flute,tenor sax)
Buddy Childers (trumpet)
Steven Huffsteter (trumpet)
Larry Ford (trumpet)
Mike Price (trumpet)
Richard Cooper (trumpet)
Jim Sawyer (trombone)
Hart Smith (trombone)
Bruce Fowler (trombone)
Phil Teele (bass trombone)
Dan Higgins (alto sax)
Gary Foster (alto sax)
Bob Shepherd (alto sax)
John Gross (tenor sax)
Bill Byrne (baritone sax)
Steve Houghton (drums)
Edward Bennett (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.

From Toshiko With Love was a departure from the previous albums in that it features Tabackin's compositions exclusively. Akiyoshi arranged all the tunes, and the overall mood is less serious and more whimsical than their previous recordings. "A Bit Byas'd" is a tribute to Don Byas. "Tanuki's Night Out" is a humorous composition inspired by a Japanese folklore about racoons which were believed to have magical abilities.

Produced by Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin. Recorded in March and April, 1981, in Los Angeles. This reissue CD was remasterd with K2 24-bit technology and released in 2003.
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Album Tracks:
1. A Bit Byas'd
2. Lament For Sonny
3. Let The Tape RollMP3 Sample
4. Tanuki's Night Out
5. Falling Petal
6. Yet Another Tear
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