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The Toshiko Trio (Remastered)

Toshiko Akiyoshi

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Album Review

Discovered by Oscar Peterson during a Jazz at the Philharmonic tour of Japan, Toshiko Akiyoshi's first recording in the U.S. didn't take place until 1954, though she recorded in Japan for Norman Granz's Norgran label prior to this trio session. Joined by drummer Ed Thigpen, and the young bassist Paul Chambers, the 24-year-old pianist is already an impressive player. This date for George Wein's Storyville label focuses mostly on her originals, which include the dreamy ballad "Kyo-Shu (Nostalgia)," and the intricate bop vehicle "Homework." The two standards include a Bud Powell-influenced arrangement of "Softly, as in a Morning Sunrise," and a superb, lush "It Could Happen to You." Long out of print, this highly recommended LP was reissued on vinyl by both Black Lion in Europe and Trio in Japan during the 1970s, but it evidently has not yet appeared on CD.

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Toshiko!

I am going to hip you up once again my brothers and sisters. Toshiko Aliyoshi is a great bop pianist and this is her first US record. With Mr. PC on bass and the underrated Ed Thigpen on skins, it's a great trio jam from 1954 and 1955. Get hip to this timely tip and take a chance. You will like it!

Biography

Born: December 12, 1929 in Dairen, China

Genre: Jazz

Years Active: '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s, '10s

As an arranger, Toshiko Akiyoshi (influenced originally by Gil Evans and Thad Jones) has been particularly notable for incorporating elements of traditional Japanese music into her otherwise bop-ish charts. A strong (and underrated) pianist in the Bud Powell tradition, Akiyoshi was born in China but moved to Japan in 1946. She played locally (Sadao Watanabe was among her sidemen) and, after being noticed and encouraged by Oscar Peterson, studied at Berklee during 1956-1959. Married for a time to...
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