Four Seasons of Morita Village

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Four Seasons Of Morita Village
Studio album by Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra
Released October 23, 1996
Recorded Clinton Recording Studios, New York, NY, July 2, 1996
Genre Jazz
Length 58:27
Label BMG Victor / Novus J
Producer Toshiko Akiyoshi and (Ex. Prod.) Fumimaru Kawashima
Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra chronology
Desert Lady / Fantasy
(1994)
Four Seasons Of Morita Village
(1996)
Monopoly Game
(1998)
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic link 4/5 stars

Four Seasons of Morita Village is the fifth album recorded by the Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin. It was released in 1996 and won the Swing Journal Silver Disk Award for that year.[1] The central "Four Seasons of Morita Village Suite" was commissioned by Morita Village in Aomori Prefecture, Japan. This recording is not to be confused with the 1990 (Nippon Crown) Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio recording, Four Seasons.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed and arranged by Toshiko Akiyoshi:

  1. "Dance of the Gremlins" – 7:48
  2. "Repose" – 7:21
  3. "Pollination" – 12:16
  4. "Norito" – 6:40
  5. "Harvest Shuffle" – 7:59
  6. "Retro Zone" – 10:39
  7. "China Remembered" – 5:44

"Repose", "Pollination", "Norito" and "Harvest Shuffle" make up the four part "Four Seasons of Morita Village Suite"

Personnel[edit]

  • Toshiko Akiyoshi – piano
  • Lew Tabackin – tenor saxophone, flute
  • Walt Weiskopf – tenor saxophone, flute, clarinet
  • Dave Pietro – alto saxophone, flute, clarinet
  • Jim Snidero – alto saxophone, flute
  • Scott Robinson – baritone saxophone, bass clarinet
  • Mike Ponella – trumpet
  • John Eckert – trumpet
  • Andy Gravish – trumpet
  • Joe Magnarelli – trumpet
  • Scott Whitfield – trombone
  • Pat Hallaran – trombone
  • Joe Helleny – trombone
  • Tim Newman – bass trombone
  • Doug Weiss – bass
  • Terry Clarke – drums

Other

References / External Links[edit]

  1. ^ jazzcd.jp: 1996 Swing Journal (Japanese jazz magazine) award winners (link to Japanese language site)