Toshiko's Piano

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Toshiko's Piano
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Studio album by Toshiko Akiyoshi
Released 1954
Recorded Radio Tokyo Studio 2, Tokyo, Japan, 1953 November 13, 14
Genre Jazz
Length 23:51
Label Norgran
Producer Norman Granz
Toshiko Akiyoshi chronology
Toshiko's Piano
Toshiko at Mocambo
(1954)Toshiko at Mocambo1954
Alternative cover / title
Amazing Toshiko Akiyoshi
Amazing Toshiko Akiyoshi
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Allmusic Link 3/5 stars

The jazz album Toshiko's Piano (released as Amazing Toshiko Akiyoshi in Japan) was the debut recording of jazz pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi. It was recorded in Japan in 1953 with guitarist Herb Ellis, bassist Ray Brown and drummer J.C. Heard, who were known at the time for their work as pianist Oscar Peterson's rhythm section for Jazz at the Philharmonic concerts. The album was released as a 10 inch LP album on Norman Granz's Norgran Record label. Later 12 inch LP and (Japanese) CD re-issues also include all 4 Akiyoshi tracks from 1957's Verve Records recording, Toshiko and Leon Sash at Newport. Cover artwork is by David Stone Martin.

Track listing[edit]

LP side A[1]

  1. "What Is This Thing Called Love?" (Porter) – 2:45
  2. "Gone with the Wind" (Wrubel, Magidson) – 2:33
  3. "I Want to Be Happy" (Youmans, Caesar) – 2:14
  4. "Toshiko's Blues" (Akiyoshi) – 3:44

LP side B

  1. "Shadrach" (MacGimsey) – 2:41
  2. "Solidado" (Akiyoshi) – 3:29
  3. "Squatty Roo" (Hodges) – 2:38
  4. "Laura" (Raksin, Mercer) – 3:27

Additional four bonus tracks on later 12 inch LP and CD re-issues (from 1957 live recording, Newport):

  1. "Between Me and Myself" (Akiyoshi) – 5:38
  2. "Blues for Toshiko" (Akiyoshi) – 5:38
  3. "I'll Remember April" (Raye, DePaul, Johnston) – 7:05
  4. "Lover" (Rodgers, Hart) – 5:45


Tracks 1~8 (A1~B4 of original 10 inch LP)

Tracks 9~12

References / External links[edit]

  1. ^ original 10 inch LP