European Memoirs

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European Memoirs
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Studio album by Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band
Released 1982
Recorded Madhatter Studio, Los Angeles, California, September 21, September 22, 1982
Genre Jazz
Length 41:23
Label Victor (Japan) / Ascent (US)
Producer Toshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin
Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band chronology
From Toshiko with Love
(1981)From Toshiko with Love1981
European Memoirs
Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra chronology
Ten Gallon Shuffle
(1984) Ten Gallon Shuffle1984
Alternative cover
Ascent Label cover
Ascent Label cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic link 4/5 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