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Larry & Tak’s TAKE YOUR PICK Grammy Nominations

Posted on October 26, 2010
Tak Matsumoto News

Larry Carlton’s and Tak Matsumoto’s record “TAKE YOUR PICK” has been taken into consideration for Grammy nomination in nine categories. These categories are: Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Best Pop Instrumental Album, Best Pop Instrumental Performance, Best Rock Instrumental Performance, Best Instrumental Composition, Best Instrumental Arrangement, Best Engineered Album, Producer of the Year and Non-Classical.

Larry Carlton has been nominated for the Grammys before, but for Tak Matsumoto, this is huge! We shall see how it goes when the Grammy nominations are announced on December 1st, 2010!

Source(s): Multi Grammy Nominations for Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto (

Tak Already Shooting New PV

Posted on October 23, 2010

Now this is news, right? Apparently Tak Matsumoto is already busy shooting a new PV, but the question is: with or without Koshi Inaba?  The source states that Tak Matsumoto – who is a passionate golfer by all means – was supposed to attend a party hosted by PGA Japan’s Tatsuya Miura. However, he was not able to make it and instead sent a greeting card in which he wrote that he’s sorry he couldn’t attend the party and some kind of (golf) contest. Matsumoto further writes that he couldn’t attend because the shooting of his PV has not been finished yet, but he sends his best wishes.

As for Koshi Inaba, it could be possible that he was on the set as well since the blog posting dates to October 10th, but the actual event was the day before. So Koshi Inaba should have been able to sqeeze it into his calendar despite his tight schedule due to his ongoing tour ~en II~. I guess we will know more once Koshi’s tour is over.

Stay tuned, fans!

Thanks to Mameshibaken who told me about it!

Source(s):  たむさん。おめでとう!@ゲスト紹介~ | でぶやG&B (metabogolferの日記) (

Epiphone Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Goldtop Announced

Posted on October 22, 2010
Tak Matsumoto News

Epiphone Japan is going to release a refurbished model of the ‘Epiphone Tak Matsumoto DC Custom’ (see our report) which was released in December, 2009 and is going to call it the ‘Epiphone Tak Matsumoto DC Standard Goldtop’.

Tak with his DC Goldtop

The model will be available exclusively in Japan early November at a suggested retail price of 122,800 Yen(same as the original model), which is about 1508 US Dollars or 1083 Euros.

Here are the technical details of this beast of a guitar:

●Body:Carved Mahogany Double Cutaway Body
●Top Binding:Black
●Neck Binding:Black
●Neck Joint:Long Neck Tenon (Deep Set)
●Headstock Binding:None
●Fretboard:Rosewood with “Abalone” inlays
●Headstock Sign:“Tak Matsumoto” MODEL
●Machine Heads:Kluson-type with green “tulip” buttons
●Trussrod Cover:Black / White
●Pickups:Gibson Burstbucker 2&3 (Double Black)
●Bridge:Epiphone LockTone™ Tune-o-matic
●Controls:Neck Volume, Bridge Volume, Master Tone, 3-Way Toggle
●Knobs:Gold “Top Hat” Knobs
●Tailpiece:Epiphone LockTone™ Stopbar
●Color (Gloss):Metallic Gold

Source(s): Rittor Music port (Japanese)

Larry & Tak Videos From Tokyo Jazz 2010

Posted on October 10, 2010
Tak Matsumoto News

As previously reported, Tak Matsumoto and Larry Carlton were given the honour to perform at the Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010. In fact, it was the first time for Tak Matsumoto to perform at Tokyo Jazz Festival. Several weeks after the festival ended, the whole festival was aired on TV including selected performances by Larry and Tak. I promised I would post the videos here once I found them. Kudos go to Youtube user ktp178tak who uploaded them.

Since they’re rips from BShi, they’re in HD. Download links for HD + embedded youtube videos after the break!

Removed the videos, but you can still check them out in the media section of BNP.

Message For B’z Fans From Barry Sparks

Posted on October 6, 2010

We’re all excited about Tak and Koshi’s current solo projects, but looks like there won’t be a break and B’z will be back with a new release soon! Barry Sparks has left a message for B’z fans on his official website.

The message reads as follows:

For you BZ fans, I’m anxiously waiting to begin working on their next project! They have been very busy with their solo albums which are doing very well in Japan. As usual, many thanks go out to the very supportive fans who enable me to do this fun job year after year!

Thanks to a certain someone who posted this and made me aware of it! 🙂

Stay tuned, fans! 😉

Pictures From Tokyo Jazz & TV Broadcast *UPDATE*

Posted on October 3, 2010
Tak Matsumoto News

A few days ago pictures from the Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010 were posted on the festival’s site. I have them here for your enjoyment. Also, the Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010 will be aired on NHK BShi(HD) on October 6,7 and 8 from 11:30 PM to 12:59 AM respectively as well as on NHK BS2 on October 16 from 1:30 PM to 6PM (whoa, really?).

It is unclear to what extend the performance of Tak and Larry will be broadcasted on TV, or if they will be shown on TV at all.
*Update*: The following songs will be shown on TV: Tokyo Night, Take Your Pick and Jazzy Bullets! This particular program is airing October 6.
If I get ahold of that, of course I’ll post it here 🙂

Click “read more” to see the pictures!