Toshiko Akiyoshi

Night & Dream

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Though Toshiko Akiyoshi is most widely recognized for her big-band recordings, these 1994 small group sessions cast her in a different light. Recruiting three of New York City's in-demand jazz freelancers, including trumpeter/flugelhornist Joe Magnarelli, tenorist Walt Weiskopf, and multi-reed player Scott Robinson, plus bassist Peter Washington and drummer Mickey Roker, the pianist offers a diverse program. She interweaves her own "Night Waltz" and the standard "You and the Night and the Music" in convincing fashion, revives the long forgotten chestnut "Get Out and Get Under the Moon" (showcasing Robinson's delicious bass clarinet and her rhythm section), plus a gorgeous rendition of "Darn That Dream" with intricate lines written for the reeds to back her playful solo. The intricate Latin-flavored original "Elsive Dream" features both the leader and Magnarelli (on flugelhorn). Her one solo performance is a stunning, dramatic interpretation of "'Round Midnight" that manages to find new ground in this oft-played masterpiece.

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