A bold statement from Japanese pianist Toshiko Akiyoshi
– one of the first albums by the successful 70s big band
she co-led with husband Lew Tabackin
– a very strong ensemble that featured Bobby Shew, Gary Foster, Bill Perkins, Dick Spencer, Don Rader, and other players from the LA scene of the time! The album's a showcase for Akiyoshi
's strong writing – as well as the players' chops. A real gem! It features all original tracks that include "Kogun", "American Ballad", "Henpecked Old Man", "Elegy", and "Memory".