Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan)

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Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan)
TalesOfACourtesan TALT RVC.jpg
Studio album by Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band
Released 1976
Recorded Sunset - Highland Recording Studio, Los Angeles, California, December 1-December 3, 1975
Genre Jazz
Length 45:03
Label Victor (Japan), RCA (U.S.)
Producer Hiroshi Isaka
Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band chronology
Long Yellow Road
(1975)
Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan)
(1976)
Road Time
(1976)
Alternative cover
RCA (U.S.) LP cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
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Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan) is the third recording of the Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band. It is also sometimes referred to by the title HANA KAI TAN (花魁譚) in rōmaji listings of the Japanese album title.

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. "Road Time Shuffle" – 6:28
  2. "Tales of a Courtesan (Oirantan)" – 9:12
  3. "Strive for Jive" – 7:50

LP side B

  1. "I Ain't Gonna Ask No More" – 6:10
  2. "Interlude" – 4:16
  3. "Village" – 11:07

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
  • Bill Perkins – baritone saxophone, alto flute, bass clarinet
  • Bobby Shew – trumpet
  • Steven Huffsteter – trumpet
  • Mike Price – trumpet
  • Richard Cooper – trumpet
  • Jim Sawyer – trombone (on "Strive for Jive" and "Village")
  • Bill Reichenbach Jr. – trombone (except on "Strive for Jive" and "Village")
  • Charlie Loper – trombone
  • Britt Woodman – trombone
  • Phil Teele – bass trombone
  • Don Baldwin – bass
  • Peter Donald – drums

Guest Artist

  • King Errisson – congas (on "Village")

References / external links[edit]

  • RCA Victor Records RVC RVP-6004
  • U.S. album cover illustrator: Stanislaw Fernandes ©1976
  • Tales of a Courtesan... at Allmusic.com