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Toshiko Akiyoshi

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Yes I Have No 4BEAT Today Review

by Ken Dryden

Toshiko Akiyoshi will surprise a few of her longtime fans with this excursion into Brazilian and Latin jazz. The first several tracks feature the pianist delving into the music of Jobim, a Brazilian-flavored original, and the Latin warhorse "Tico Tico," with the support of two Brazilian percussionists and electric bassist Lincoln Goines. She then switches to Baroque composer J.S. Bach's "Air on a G String" with husband Lew Tabackin on flute and cellist Roberta Cooper, with only light Latin percussion added. Then she returns to Brazilian themes, adding trumpet, trombone, and tuba for background color on "One Note Samba" and her own "Warning! Success May Be Hazardous to Your Health," the latter modified from its original post-bop setting. Akiyoshi's playing is a bit more reserved in this less familiar territory, but her arrangements are first rate and these sessions are well worth investigating by her fans.

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