Friday, March 12, 2010
Tatsuya TAKAHASHI & Tokyo Union Orchestra - Black Pearl 1980
Tatsuya Takahashi and The Tokyo Union (also credited as Tokyo Union Big Band and Tokyo Union Orchestra)
The Tokyo Union was created in 1964, under the leadership of alto-saxophonist Ryusuke Nomura, and as such represents one of Japan's oldest performing jazz ensembles.. Tatsuya Takahash, tenor saxophonist, became the leader in 1966. Under Takahashi's leadership, Tokyo Union has toured internationally including several appearances at the Montreux Jazz Festival. Their awards include "Jazz Record of the Year" in 1978 and "Best Big Band" for nine years running in Japan's influential Swing Journal.
They traveled to California in 1980, playing with Herbie Hancock, Slide Hampton and Richie Cole, prior to performing at the Monterey Jazz Festival, and then recording their album "Black Pearl" in San Francisco.
Most of their recorded works were never available in the United States.
All are currently out of print...
This big band LP by Tatsuya Takahashi & Tokyo Union was released in 1980 on the Zen label, featured guest players are Herbie Hancock on piano, Slide Hampton on trombone and Richie Cole on sax.
Arranged By- Garnett Brown (tracks: A1 to A3) , Slide Hampton (tracks: B1 to B3)
Bass- Atsuo Wada
Clarinet- Hiroshi Yaginuma , Norio Moriguchi , Tatsuya Takahashi
Drums- Hideki Nakamura
Electric Piano- Herbie Hancock (tracks: A1 to A3)
Flugelhorn- Kiyoshi Ohsaka , Nobuo Katoh*
Flute- Hiroshi Yaginuma , Keiji Mori , Norio Moriguchi , Tatsuya Takahashi
Guitar- Hidetoshi Kawano , Hiroyuki Ohkubo (tracks: A1 to A3)
Leader- Tatsuya Takahashi
Mastered By- Tamaki Beck
Piano- Herbie Hancock (tracks: A1 to A3) , Masahiro Kanayama
Saxophone [Alto]- Hiroshi Yaginuma , Keiji Mori , Richie Cole (tracks: B2)
Saxophone [Bass], Clarinet [Bass]- Kenichi Tada
Saxophone [Soprano]- Keiji Mori
Saxophone [Tenor]- Norio Moriguchi , Tatsuya Takahashi
Trombone- Kenji Nishiyama , Osamu Matsumoto , Slide Hampton (tracks: B1) , Tatsuroh Matsubayashi
Trombone [Bass]- Michiharu Yamazaki
Trumpet- Kiyoshi Ohsaka , Nobuo Katoh , Tsuneo Takeda , Yoshifumi Tada
A1. Black Pearl 8:01
A2. Speak Like a Child 7:28
A3. Darts 4:31
B1. Life Is More Precious Than Diamonds 6:35
B2. With the Force of Nature 0:38
B3. Soul Eyes 6:58