Toshiko Akiyoshi is a renowned, Japanese-American jazz pianist, composer/arranger, and bandleader. Among a very few successful female instrumentalists of her generation in jazz, she is also recognized as a major figure in jazz composition. She has received 14 Grammy nominations, and she was the first woman to win the Best Arranger and Composer awards in Down Beat magazine's Readers Poll.
Dedications I was recorded in Los Angeles in July 1976, and originally released in Japan. This album features the Toshiko Akiyoshi Trio, which consisted of Toshiko Akiyoshi on piano, Jimmie Smith on drums, and Gene Cherico on bass.
The trio performed their distinctive renditions of such jazz classics as “I Let A Song Go Out Of My Heart” (by Duke Ellington), “Miss Blue Eyes” (by Charlie Mariano), and “Don’t Be Afraid, The Clown’s Afraid Too” (by Charlie Mingus).