Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Toshiko Akiyoshi Quintet - Toshiko At Top Of The Gate


Year : 1968
Label : Nippon Columbia
Serie : Takt Jazz Series
Genre : Jazz, Latin Jazz
Style : Hard Bop, Modal, Bossa Nova

Recording live by the best known japanese jazz pianist, Toshiko Akiyoshi, spotted by Oscar Peterson in 1952, performed during a concert at the Top of the Gate, a famous jazz club of the Village Gate Theater located in Greenwich Village, New York. Toshiko Akiyoshi Quintet is based on first class musicians, among the best renowned such as Kenny Dorham or Ron Carter from Second Great Miles Davis Quintet (1964-1968), playing in the Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers way, including Hard Bop arrangements and samba rhythms (How InsensitiveMorning Of The Carnival). The first side contains only Toshiko's songs, while the second is devoted to jazz standards & covers plus another original, "Elegy". "Toshiko At Top Of The Gate" features among the Sleep Walker's influences, "Phrygian Waterfall" was included in their Jazz compilation "Shibuya Jazz Classics" supervised for Nippon Columbia.

Toshiko Akiyoshi_piano
Ron Carter_bass
Kenny Dorham_trumpet
Lew Tabackin_saxophone
Mickey Rocker_drums

01. (Introductions)
02. Opus No. Zero
03. First Night
04. Phrygian Waterfall
05. Let's Roll in Sake
06. How Insensitive
07. Morning Of The Carnival
08. The Night Song
09. Willow Weep for Me
10. My Elegy


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