Toshiko Mariano And Her Big Band
Featuring: Toshiko Mariano (p), Paul Chambers (b), Jimmy Cobb (d), Sleepy Matsumoto (ts), Shiego Suzuki (as)
REFERENCE: VJ 023
BAR CODE: 84 27328 41023 6
1. Kisarazu Jink - 5:10
2. Lament (Johnson) - 4:42
3. The Shout (Mariano) - 5:45
4. Israel (Carisi) - 4:03
5. Land of Peace (Feather) - 4:18
6. Walkin' (Carpenter) - 4:53
7. Santa Barbara (Mariano) - 5:19
Recorded in Tokyo, summer 1965.
Arrangements by Toshiko and Charlie Mariano.
"Although pianist/arranger Toshiko Akiyoshi did not come to prominence in the United States until the mid-'70s, she was playing and recording excellent bop-based music from 1953 on, often in Japan. In the early '60s, she was married to altoist Charles Mariano so she was known as Toshiko Mariano during the era. This Vee Jay CD reissues her first big-band album and her only one before 1974. Toshiko and Mariano provided the four big-band arrangements, which include two of the altoist's originals, "Kisarazu Jink" and Johnny Carisi's "Israel." The Japanese big-band includes two notables (trumpeter Terumasa Hino and tenor saxophonist Sleepy Matsumoto) and a pair of ringers (bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Jimmy Cobb). The band swings quite well. In addition, Toshiko Mariano is showcased on a trio version of "Lament," in a quintet (with tenors Matsumoto and Akira Miyazawa) on "Walkin'," and a sextet (which adds trombonist Hiroshi Suzuki) for Leonard Feather's "Land of Peace." A historic and rather interesting (if brief) early release from the future Toshiko Akiyoshi".
— Scott Yanow (All Music Guide)