Toshiko Akiyoshi / Lew Tabackin Big Band - Tales Of A Courtesan (Oriantan) - Blu-spec CD2

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2019 Japanese release

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.


Virtually every Toshiko Akiyoshi big-band recording is well worth acquiring for not only does Akiyoshi have a highly appealing and original arranging style but her orchestra always boasts top soloists. In addition to Lew Tabackin on tenor and flute, Tales of a Courtesan features worthy improvisations by altoists Gary Foster and Dick Spencer, trombonist Britt Woodman, trumpeter Bobby Shew and pianist Akiyoshi. "Road Time Shuffle" and "Strive for Jive" are particulary memorable.


AllMusic Review by Scott Yanow


SKU 4547366424041
Barcode # Blu-spec CD2
Brand RCA Victor / Sony

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