Nov 20, 2010

Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra - Ten Gallon Shuffle

barabara sounds sez:
I have to say I usually spend more time looking at cowgirls than I do listening to big bands... But I definitely make an exception with Toshiko's adventures with Lew Tabackin. She handled all the arrangements; he was the featured soloist on flute and sax. And they made the kind of joyful sound I still enjoy (like a guilty secret)...
Little known factoid: this album has its own Facebook page.

Dusty sez:
A hokey title and cover, but a great little record — a lesser-known gem from the Toshiko Akioshi big band, recorded in the mid 80s for Japanese release! Toshiko's still working strongly with reedman Lew Tabackin here — and as always, the sound of the reeds really make the record — not only on the bold ensemble passages, but also on the snakey, well-crafted solos that slide out of the fuller arrangements — letting Lew, Frank Wess and Jim Snidero contribute some really great work on the longer tracks. Titles include "Ten Gallon Shuffle", "Fading Beauty", "Blue Dream", and "Happy Hoofer" — and in case you're wondering, that's a young Monday Michiru on the cover!

Personnel:
Toshiko Akiyoshi: arranger, piano; Lew Tabackin: flute, tenor sax; Joe Mosella: trumpet; John Eckert: trumpet; Brian Lynch: trumpet; Chris Albert: trumpet; Hart Smith: trombone; Chris Seiter trombone; Conrad Herwig: trombone; Phil Teele: bass trombone; Frank Wess alto sax, flute, soprano sax; Jim Snidero alto sax, clarinet, flute; Walt Weiskopf: clarinet, soprano sax, tenor sax; Ed Xiques baritone sax, bass clarinet, soprano sax; Mike Forminek bass; Scott Robinson drums

14 comments:

Anonymous said...

Technical difficulties... A link will be up there before you know it.
Keep checking back...

Anonymous said...

Enjoy. And before you shuffle off, let me know what you think...

http://www.mediafire.com/?pzq01e1n30rldcf

Mutha Klanger said...

someone's got cowgirls on the brain :-) no tunes on that link, just that cowgirl ("TA-TGS f.jpeg (5.52 MB)")

taro nombei said...

Oops sorry about that, everyone!
mf is very slow today, but I'll try to get the correct link up asap...

Anonymous said...

hope you enjoyed the pin-up of Monday Michiru...
now (finally) here's her mother and her jazz orchestra.

http://www.mediafire.com/?5h2tzk6v9m74hqi

richard said...

Thanks so much for the wonderful music and info on your blog. Just catching up with all the posts now and some truly beautiful music here. with the demise of some of the smaller second hand jazz record shops comes the rise of some truly inspirational blogs. in years to come your site and others like it will have been responsible for igniting and reigniting a passion for jazz - more so than magazines and in tandem with the best radio shows. Thanks again.

il angelo said...

sooo great, thanks

taro nombei said...

@ richard
good music never dies :-)

@ il angelo
you're very welcome!

X75a said...

You can't go wrong with Toshiko Akiyoshi. Haven't heard a bad album of her's yet. Thanks for the post.

Arkiver said...

Never saw this one before and I agree with the previous comment. Toshiko is just A+ across the board. Thanks a bunch for this post!!

taro nombei said...

@ Arkiver
Thanks for dropping by!
I'm going to be checking out your place too — I like the look of the Les McCann.
All best...

Anonymous said...

Wish "anonymous" [ http://www.mediafire.com/?5h2tzk6v9m74hqi ] would have said in his post that they were a MAC file[s]....No good for a PC.
Images won't open in PS7 / tunes won't play in VLC.....

Tsk, Tsk, Tsk.......such a waste of time.......

But, my dear "Barbara Sounds", you have always had [and no doubt, always will have], a wonderful site, and I will be back for more 'goodies', many more times, I'm totally sure.!!!!!

Best to you and yours,

Sam L.
R&D Lab Engineer [Ret.]
Crestline CA

taro nombei said...

@ Sam
I just checked again and the files are regular MP3s.
No one else has reported any issues... but if anyone has any suggestions, drop a comment here!

duck said...

got it playing now, Gun band, I have a grin from ear to ear. Many thanks, it certainly plays ok for me