Long Yellow Road (Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band album)

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Long Yellow Road
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Studio album by Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band
Released 1975
Recorded Sage & Sand Studio Hollywood, California
Genre Jazz
Length 42:30
Label Victor (Japan), RCA (U.S.)
Producer Hiroshi Isaka
Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band chronology
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Alternative cover
RCA (U.S.) LP cover
RCA (U.S.) LP cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic link 4.5/5 stars
The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide 5/5 stars[1]

Long Yellow Road is the second recording of the Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band. The album was nominated for a 1976 Grammy award in the category "Best Jazz Performance by a Big Band" and was named "Jazz album of the year" by Stereo Review magazine.[citation needed]

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

Long Yellow Road is also the title of two other Akiyoshi recordings by the Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio (1961) and the Toshiko Akiyoshi Quartet (1970).

Track listing[edit]

All arrangements by Toshiko Akiyoshi. All songs composed by Akiyoshi except "Yet Another Tear" (Tabackin).

LP side A

  1. "Long Yellow Road" – 6:30
  2. "The First Night" – 4:58
  3. "Opus No. Zero" – 10:10

LP side B

  1. "Quadrille, Anyone?" – 6:25
  2. "Children in the Temple Ground" – 5:32
  3. "Since Perry" / "Yet Another Tear" – 8:55


  • Toshiko Akiyoshi – piano
  • Lew Tabackin – tenor saxophone, flute, piccolo
  • Tom Peterson – tenor saxophone, alto flute, clarinet
  • Dick Spencer – alto saxophone, flute, clarinet
  • Gary Foster – alto saxophone, soprano saxophone, flute, clarinet (except on "Opus No. Zero")
  • Joe Roccisano – alto saxophone (on "Opus No. Zero")
  • Bill Perkins – Baritone saxophone, alto flute, bass clarinet
  • Bobby Shew – trumpet
  • John Madrid – trumpet (on "Long Yellow Road")
  • Stu Blumberg – trumpet (on "The First Night", Opus No. Zero" and "Children in the Temple Ground")
  • Lynn Nicholson – trumpet (on "Quadrille Anyone?" and "Since Perry / Yet Another Tear")
  • Don Rader – trumpet
  • Mike Price – trumpet
  • Charlie Loper – trombone
  • Jim Sawyer – trombone (on "Long Yellow Road")
  • Bruce Paulson – trombone (except on "Long Yellow Road")
  • Britt Woodman – trombone
  • Phil Teele – bass trombone
  • Gene Cherico – bass
  • Peter Donald – drums (except on "Opus No. Zero" and "Since Perry / Yet Another Tear")
  • Chuck Flores – drums (on "Opus No. Zero" and "Since Perry / Yet Another Tear")


  • Tokuko Kaga – vocal (on "Children in the Temple Ground")

References / External Links[edit]

  1. ^ Swenson, J. (Editor) (1985). The Rolling Stone Jazz Record Guide. USA: Random House/Rolling Stone. p. 7. ISBN 0-394-72643-X.