Insights (album)

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Insights (Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band)
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Studio album by Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band
Released 1976
Recorded RCA Studio 'A', Hollywood, California, June 22, - June 24, 1976
Genre Jazz
Length 40:18
Label Victor (Japan), RCA (U.S.)
Producer Hiroshi Isaka
Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band chronology
Road Time
March of the Tadpoles
Alternative cover
RCA (U.S.) LP album cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic link 4/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[1]

Insights is the fourth studio recording of the Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band and was voted "Jazz Album of the Year" in the 1978 Down Beat magazine critic's poll. It received the Swing Journal magazine 1976 Gold Disk prize in Japan and was nominated for a 1978 Grammy award in the USA for Best Jazz Instrumental Performance by a Big Band.

All tracks from this album are also included on the 2008 Mosaic 3 CD compilation, Mosaic Select: Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band.

Track listing[edit]

All songs composed and arranged by Toshiko Akiyoshi:

LP side A

  1. "Studio J" – 6:07
  2. "Transience" – 4:40
  3. "SUMIE" – 7:55

LP side B

  1. "Minamata" (suite) – 21:36
    1. "Peaceful Village"
    2. "Prosperity & Consequence"
    3. "Epilogue"


Guest Artists:

References / External Links[edit]


  1. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 6. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.