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Her Trio Her Quartet

ACV 2079LP ACV 2079LP

Doxy present a reissue of Toshiko Akiyoshi's Her Trio Her Quartet, originally released in 1956. An engaging pianist whose crisp, forceful attacks take off from Bud Powell territory but go well beyond mere imitation, Akiyoshi is also a skilled composer-arranger and ranks as one of the more acclaimed figures in the bop-based modern big band field. Her work in the latter category blends swinging, Gil Evans-esque arrangements with occasional Eastern influences, spotlighting top-notch soloists such as tenor saxophonist/flautist Lew Tabackin. Edition of 500 (numbered).

From original liner notes: "(...) About this session, recorded in July, 1956, Toshiko begins by saying of her altoist colleague, 'Boots played so beautifully on the session. Of my tunes, 'Salute To Shorty' I originally wrote for five horns. 'Pea, Bee And Lee' I wrote for Lee Konitz (he does not know it.)' Henry W. 'Boots' Mussulli is an emotionally vehement modernist who has worked with Mal Hallett, Teddy Powell, Gene Krupa, Charlie Ventura, and has headed his own units. Boots along with bassist Wyatt Reuther, formerly with Dave Brubeck and Erroll Garner, and drummer Edmund Thigpen of the Billy Taylor trio is heard with Toshiko on all tracks but 'Pea, Bee And Lee', 'No Moon At All' and 'Thou Swell.' On these three, Oscar Pettiford, one of the major bassists in jazz history and the crisp, spearing Roy Haynes of the Sarah Vaughan entourage accompany Toshiko (...)"