United Notions - Featuring The International Jazz Sextet
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Toshiko Akiyoshi

United Notions - Featuring The International Jazz Sextet

Fresh Sound 1600 Series

Personnel:
Nat Adderley (cnt), Doc Severinsen (tp), Rolf Kuhn (cl, as), Bobby Jaspar (fl, ts, bs), Toshiko Akiyoshi (p), René Thomas (g), John Drew (b), Bert Dahlander (d)

Reference: FSRCD 1636

Bar code: 8427328616362

Long out of print, this bop date originally issued on the Metrojazz label is not the first date as a leader by Toshiko Akiyoshi, but it is a gem worth acquiring.

The pianist is joined in New York by an all-star group that includes either cornetist Nat Adderley or trumpeter Doc Severinsen, clarinetist/alto saxophonist Rolf Kühn, flutist/tenor saxophonist/baritone saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, guitarist Rene Thomas, bassist John Drew, and drummer Bert Dahlander. There's a feeling of camaraderie as a mixture of head arrangements ("Broadway") and written charts ("Strike Up the Band") of standards, as well as original material by the participants (Jaspar's tasty "Sukiyaki" and the leader's "United Notions"), unfold before the listener. The record begins on a slightly campy note as each musician, following the leader's example, introduces himself in his native language.


Tracklisting:
01. I Cried for You (Arnheim-Lyman-Freed) 3:34
02. Introduction 0:31
03. Broadway (Woode-McRae-Bird) 6:48
04. Sukiyaki (Jaspar) 6:30
05. Swingin Till The Girls Come Home (Pettiford) 6:50
06. United Notions (Akiyoshi) 6:19
07. Civilized Folk (Freeman) 4:15
08. Strike Up The Band (Gershwin) 4:24
09. Jane (Freeman) 4:16

Total time: 43:45 min.

Originally issued on MetroJazz E 1001

Personnel:
Nat Adderley (cornet), Doc Severinsen (trumpet), Rolf Kuhn (clarinet & alto sax), Bobby Jaspar (flute, tenor & baritone sax), Toshiko Akiyoshi (piano), René Thomas (guitar), John Drew (bass), Bert Dahlander (drums).

Recorded at Beltone Studios, New York City, on June 13, 1958

Original liner notes & recording supervision: Leonard Feather

Produced for CD release by Jordi Pujol

Stereo · Digitally Remastered
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Review:

"This very obscure record is not the first date as a leader by Toshiko Akiyoshi, but it is a gem worth acquiring. The pianist is joined by an all-star group that includes either cornetist Nat Adderley or trumpeter Doc Severinson, clarinetist/alto saxophonist Rolf Kuhn, flutist/tenor saxophonist/baritone saxophonist Bobby Jaspar, guitarist Rene Thomas, bassist John Drew, and drummer Bert Dahlander. There's a feeling of camaraderie as a mixture of head arrangements ("Broadway") and written charts ("Strike Up the Band") of standards, as well as original material by the participants (Jaspar's tasty "Sukiyaki" and the leader's "United Notions"), unfold before the listener. The record begins on a slightly campy note as each musician, following the leader's example, introduces himself in his native language. Long out of print, this bop date will have jazz fans scouring cyberspace and auction lists in search of it."

Ken Dryden -All Music Guide

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$10.51  (tax incl.)

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