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Sakura by Akiko Tsuruga
Sakura by Akiko Tsuruga at Eastwind Import
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Artist/Band:Akiko Tsuruga
Cat No.:ATJ-01
Performed by:Akiko Tsuruga (organ)
Jerry Weldon (tenor sax)
Joe Magnarelli (flugelhorn,trumpet)
Bob DeVos (guitar)
Rudy Petschauer (drums)
Release Date:02/14/2012
Description:Hammond B-3 player from Osaka, Japan and now a resident in Harlem, New York, Akiko Tsuruga has captured the hearts and minds of both American and Japanese jazz fans. She is often heard in Big Apple and other American cities with her own band as wellas as the regular member of the Lou Donaldson Quartet led by the legendary alto saxophonist.

Sakura is her latest, self-released CD, following St. Louis Blues and NYC Serenade from the Japanese label MOJO Records.

She leads a fabulous quartet with Jerry Weldon on tenor, Bob DeVos on guitar and Rudy Petschauer on drums through an attractive program of originals and standards. Wonderful trumpeter Joe Magnarelli makes apperance on three tracks. In addition to two Japanese songs ("Sukiyaki" and "Sakura"), Tsuruga asserts her identity through excellent original compositions that are firmly rooted in the jazz organ tradition in the US.

Another wonderful CD by a talented organist: Every tune is filled with groove, swing and joy! Recommended!

Recorded at Showplace Studios, Dover, NJ on April 19 and 20, 2011.

Other albums by Akiko Tsuruga:
XQCM-1302 St. Louis Blues
XQCM-1313 NYC Serenade
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Album Tracks:
1. Sweet Yam PotatoMP3 Sample
2. Smile
3. S.O.S.
4. You BetchaMP3 Sample
5. Valdez in the Country
6. Sukiyaki
7. What a Difference a Day Makes
8. Pretty Please?
9. Sakura
10. Showman's BoogalooMP3 Sample
11. I Won't Last a Day Without You
12. The Good Life
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