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, Bossa Nova

Recording live by the best known japanese pianist, Toshiko Akiyoshi (ex-wife of saxophonist Charlie Mariano, spotted by Oscar Peterson in 1952, first record with the same in 1953), performed during a concert at the Top of the Gate, the jazz club of the Village Gate Theater located in Greenwich Village. Her quintet is based on first class musicians, among the best renowned like Kenny Dorham & Ron Carter, playing in the Art Blakey's Jazz Messengers way, including Hard Bop arrangements and Bossa Nova rhythms on How Insensitive & Morning of the Carnival. The first side contains only Toshiko's songs, while the side b is devoted to standards & covers plus another original, "Elegy". This album features among the Sleep Walker's favorites, Phrygian Waterfall being included in their Jazz compilation made for Nippon Columbia.

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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