Three Wishes – Nobuki Takamen

8 July 2014

Three Wishes – Nobuki Takamen

“Guitarist Nobuki Takamen is … quite talented. Born in Japan but based out of New York City during recent years, Takamen is inspired most by Wes Montgomery (particularly when he plays octaves), swings well at fast tempos, and sounds most contemporary when stretching out on ballads. Three Wishes, which was recorded in Tokyo, has Takamen performing eight originals and “Scarborough Fai” with bassist Toshiyuki Tanahashi, either Naoki Aikawa or Akihito Yoshikawa on drums and, on two numbers, pianist Hitoshi Kanda. From bebop to introspective ballads, Nobuki Takamen shows throughout Three Wishes (his fourth album as a leader) that he is ready to be taken seriously as a major jazz guitarist.” – Scott Yanow, L.A. Jazz Scene

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