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TAKE YOUR PICK Nominated For “Best Pop Instrumental Album”

Posted on December 2, 2010
Tak Matsumoto News

Yesterday, the nominations for the Grammy Awards 2010 have been announced by the committee. Larry Carlton’s and Tak Matsumoto’s “TAKE YOUR PICK” has been nominated in the category “Best Pop Instrumental Album”. Also nominated in the same category are Gerald Albright, Kenny G, Robby Krieger and Kirk Whalum.

The results will be announced at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards on February 13, 2011. If Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto received the award, Tak Matsumoto would get his first Grammy Award for one of his solo works.

Source: Nominees |

Tak’s Message Concerning TAKE YOUR PICK DVD Release

Posted on October 27, 2010
Tak Matsumoto News

With the release of the live-recording “TAKE YOUR PICK” in Blue Note Tokyo on DVD, Tak has put up a message for his fans. As usual, we have translated it for you!

This is the release of the wonderful performance by Larry and me. I encourage all the people who came to the show as well as those who unfortunately couldn’t attend the show to watch it! Enjoy this music!!


Source: B’z Official Website

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 (

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.

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!


TAKE YOUR PICK DVD Detailed & Performance In Hong Kong Announced *UPDATE*

Posted on September 14, 2010
Tak Matsumoto News

As of today, the details about Larry Carlton’s and Tak Matsumoto’s DVD release of their “TAKE YOUR PICK” tour in Blue Note Tokyo have been released. The DVD contains all the songs performed live, so if you have the setlist memorized, you’re going to know what’s coming at you. Just to be sure, here’s the setlist again:

*Update* Cover for the DVD release has been released.

01. Nite Crawler 2010
02. Islands of Japan
04. Tokyo Night
05. East West Stroll
06. Easy Mystery
07. hotalu
08. ao
09. Take Your Pick
10. Neon Blue
11. A girl from China
13. Room 335
14. #1090

Total runtime of the DVD is about 86 minutes, and it will be priced at 5250 Yen (1050 Yen less compared to B’z “Ain’t no Magic” release). Unfortunately there will be no extras such as backstage videos, interviews, etc. on the disc. So all you get is the raw performance, which is amazing as it is.

On an other related note, in addition to the live performance in Taipei on October 17th, another live performance has been scheduled. But this time, it’s in Hong Kong. Larry and Tak are going to perform in the Hong Kong Cultural Center on October 19th. If you’re in Hong Kong and want to check out the show, you can get more information here: