Mosaic Select: Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band

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Mosaic Select: Toshiko Akiyoshi - Lew Tabackin Big Band
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Compilation album by Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band
Released 2008 October
Recorded 1974–1977, Los Angeles, California
Genre Jazz
Length 3:24:08
Label Mosaic (licensed from Sony BMG Music)
Producer Hiroshi Isaka (original recordings), Michael Cuscuna (this compilation)
Professional ratings
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Allmusic link 4.5/5 stars

Mosaic Select: Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band is a 3 CD compilation album released by Mosaic Records in October 2008 and is composed of the first five studio albums recorded by the LA-based Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band. It is volume 33 of the "Mosaic Select" series and includes the complete contents of the previously released RCA / Victor recordings, Kogun (1974), Long Yellow Road (1975), Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan) (1976), Insights (1976), and March of the Tadpoles (1977).

Track listing[edit]

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

Disc One:

  1. "Elegy" – 9:10
  2. "Memory" – 10:23
  3. "Kogun" – 6:06
  4. "American Ballad" – 5:46
  5. "Henpecked Old Man" – 9:11
  6. "Long Yellow Road" – 6:23
  7. "The First Night" – 4:50
  8. "Opus No. Zero" – 10:04
  9. "Quadrille, Anyone?" – 6:18
  10. "Children in the Temple Ground" – 5:26

Disc Two

  1. "Since Perry" / "Yet Another Tear" – 8:52
  2. "Road Time Shuffle" – 6:25
  3. "Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan)" – 9:09
  4. "Strive for Jive" – 7:46
  5. "I Ain't Gonna Ask No More" – 6:06
  6. "Interlude" – 4:13
  7. "Village" – 11:04
  8. "Studio J" – 6:00
  9. "Transience" – 4:33
  10. "Sumi-E" – 7:50

Disc Three:

  1. "Minamata" (suite) – 21:37
    1. "Peaceful Village"
    2. "Prosperity & Consequence"
    3. "Epilogue"
  2. "March of the Tadpoles" – 6:54
  3. "Mobile" – 5:20
  4. "Deracinated Flower" – 8:14
  5. "Yellow is Mellow" – 8:53
  6. "Notorious Tourist from the East" – 7:35

Personnel[edit]

  • 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 "Opus No. Zero")
  • Bill Perkins – baritone saxophone, alto flute, bass clarinet
  • Joe Roccisano – alto saxophone ("Opus No. Zero")
  • Bobby Shew – trumpet
  • Mike Price – trumpet
  • Steven Huffsteter – trumpet ("Road Time Shuffle", "Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan)", "Strive for Jive", "I Ain't Gonna Ask No More", "Interlude", "Village", "Studio J", "Transience", "Sumi-E", "Minamata", "March of the Tadpoles", "Mobile", "Deracinated Flower", "Yellow is Mellow" and "Notorious Tourist from the East")
  • Richard Cooper – trumpet ("Road Time Shuffle", "Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan)", "Strive for Jive", "I Ain't Gonna Ask No More", "Interlude", "Village", "Studio J", "Transience", "Sumi-E", "March of the Tadpoles", "Mobile", "Deracinated Flower", "Yellow is Mellow" and "Notorious Tourist from the East")
  • Don Rader – trumpet ("Elegy", "Memory", "Kogun", "American Ballad", "Henpecked Old Man", "Long Yellow Road", "The First Night", "Opus Number Zero", "Quadrille Anyone?", "Children in the Temple Ground", "Since Perry" / "Yet Another Tear")
  • Stu Blumberg – trumpet ("The First Night", "Opus Number Zero", "Children in the Temple Ground")
  • John Madrid – trumpet ("Elegy", "Memory", "Kogun", "American Ballad", "Henpecked Old Man" and "Long Yellow Road")
  • Lynn Nicholson – trumpet ("Quadrille Anyone?", "Since Perry" / "Yet Another Tear")
  • Jerry Hey – trumpet ("Minamata")
  • Phil Teele – bass trombone
  • Charlie Loper – trombone
  • Britt Woodman – trombone (except "March of the Tadpoles", "Mobile", "Deracinated Flower", "Yellow is Mellow" and "Notorious Tourist from the East")
  • Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone ("Road Time Shuffle", "Tales of a Courtesan", "I Ain't Gonna Ask No More", "Interlude", "Studio J", "Transience", "Sumi-E", "Minamata", "March of the Tadpoles", "Mobile", "Deracinated Flower", "Yellow is Mellow" and "Notorious Tourist from the East")
  • Jim Sawyer – trombone ("Elegy", "Memory", "Kogun", "American Ballad", "Henpecked Old Man", "Long Yellow Road", "Strive for Jive" and "Village")
  • Bruce Paulson – trombone ("The First Night", "Opus Number Zero", "Quadrille Anyone?", "Children in the Temple Ground", "Since Perry" / "Yet Another Tear")
  • Rick Culver – trombone ("March of the Tadpoles", "Mobile", "Deracinated Flower", "Yellow is Mellow" and "Notorious Tourist from the East")
  • Peter Donald – drums (except "Opus Number Zero" and "Since Perry" / "Yet Another Tear")
  • Chuck Flores – drums ("Opus Number Zero" and "Since Perry" / "Yet Another Tear")
  • Don Baldwin – bass ("Road Time Shuffle", "Tales of a Courtesan", "Strive for Jive", "I Ain't Gonna Ask No More", "Interlude", "Village", "Studio J", "Transience", "Sumi-E", "Minamata", "March of the Tadpoles", "Mobile", "Deracinated Flower", "Yellow is Mellow" and "Notorious Tourist from the East")
  • Gene Cherico – bass ("Elegy", "Memory", "Kogun", "American Ballad", "Henpecked Old Man", "Long Yellow Road", "The First Night", "Opus Number Zero", "Quadrille Anyone?", "Children in the Temple Ground" and "Since Perry" / "Yet Another Tear")

Special guests:

  • Scott Elsworth – voice ("Memory")
  • Tokuko Kaga – vocal ("Children in the Temple Ground")
  • King Errisson – congas ("Village")
  • Hisao Kanze – utai / chant ("Minamata")
  • Tadao Kamei – ōtsuzumi ("Minamata")
  • Hayao Uzawa – kotsuzumi ("Minamata")
  • (Monday) Michiru Mariano – voice ("Minamata")
  • Hiromitsu Katada – kakko ("Sumi-E")
  • Emil Richards – percussion ("Notorious Tourist from the East")

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