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European Memoirs

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European Memoirs
Studio album by
RecordedMadhatter Studio, Los Angeles, California, September 21, September 22, 1982
LabelVictor (Japan) / Ascent (US)
ProducerToshiko Akiyoshi and Lew Tabackin
Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band chronology
From Toshiko with Love
European Memoirs
Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra chronology
- - Ten Gallon Shuffle
Alternative cover
Ascent Label cover
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic link4/5 stars

European Memoirs (a.k.a. Memoir in Japan) is the tenth studio recording of the Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band. Akiyoshi was nominated for a 1983 Grammy award in the Best Instrumental Arrangement category for the arrangement of "Remembering Bud" on this album. This would be the final recording of the Los Angeles-based Toshiko Akiyoshi – Lew Tabackin Big Band before the principals moved to New York City in 1982 and formed a new big band, the "Toshiko Akiyoshi Jazz Orchestra featuring Lew Tabackin" that released nine more albums and two live performance videos before disbanding in 2003.

Track listing

All songs composed and arranged by Toshiko Akiyoshi:

LP side A

  1. "Remembering Bud" – 8:55
  2. "Feast in Milano" – 4:50
  3. "Relaxing at Zell am See" – 8:14

LP side B

  1. "Two Faces of a Nation"
    1. Part 1 – 9:22
    2. Part 2 – 10:02



  • Anonymous – voice (on "Two Faces of a Nation," Part 1)

References / External links

  • RCA Victor (Japan) Records RVC RJL-8036
  • Ascent Records ASC 1003
  • Allmusic
  • LA Times 1983 Grammy award nominations

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