European Memoirs

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European Memoirs
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Studio album by Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band
RecordedMadhatter Studio, Los Angeles, California, September 21, September 22, 1982
LabelVictor (Japan) / Ascent (US)
ProducerToshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin
Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band chronology
From Toshiko with Love
European Memoirs
Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra chronology
- - Ten Gallon Shuffle
Alternative cover
Ascent Label cover
Ascent Label cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic link4/5 stars

European Memoirs (a.k.a. Memoir in Japan) is the tenth studio recording of the Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band. Akiyoshi was nominated for a 1983 Grammy award in the Best Instrumental Arrangement category for the arrangement of "Remembering Bud" on this album. This would be the final recording of the Los Angeles-based Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band before the principals moved to New York City in 1982 and formed a new big band, the "Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin" that released nine more albums and two live performance videos before disbanding in 2003.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed and arranged by Toshiko Akiyoshi:

LP side A

  1. "Remembering Bud" – 8:55
  2. "Feast in Milano" – 4:50
  3. "Relaxing at Zell am See" – 8:14

LP side B

  1. "Two Faces of a Nation"
    1. Part 1 – 9:22
    2. Part 2 – 10:02



  • Anonymous – voice (on "Two Faces of a Nation," Part 1)

References / External links[edit]

  • RCA Victor (Japan) Records RVC RJL-8036
  • Ascent Records ASC 1003
  • Allmusic
  • LA Times 1983 Grammy award nominations