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Toshiko's Piano

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Toshiko's Piano
Studio album by
Toshiko Akiyoshi
Released1954
RecordedRadio Tokyo Studio 2, Tokyo, Japan, 1953 November 13, 14
GenreJazz
Length23:51
LabelNorgran
ProducerNorman Granz
Toshiko Akiyoshi chronology
Toshiko's Piano
(1954)
Toshiko at Mocambo
(1954)
Alternative cover / title
Amazing Toshiko Akiyoshi
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

Toshiko's Piano (released as Amazing Toshiko Akiyoshi in Japan) is 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. The cover artwork is by David Stone Martin.

Track listing

LP side A[2]

  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, Toshiko...at 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

Personnel

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

Tracks 9~12

References

  1. ^ "Toshiko's Piano - Toshiko Akiyoshi | Songs, Reviews, Credits | AllMusic" – via www.allmusic.com.
  2. ^ original 10 inch LP
  • Norgran MGN-22
  • Universal (J) UCCV 9050
  • Verve Japan MI3005



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