Charts: en II, Take your pick

Posted on February 24, 2011 by Lum in News

Last week, as we know, Koshi Inaba LIVE 2010 -enII- was released.
With not-so-much-surprise, it reached #1 on Oricon on dvd and blu ray charts, with 27.000 and 21.000 copies sold respectively.
Oricon also notes he's the first male solo artist to reach #1 on both charts, just like B'z were the first group to achieve this last August.

Due to the Grammy effect, Take your pick re-entered the Oricon chart, reaching #18. The album even made it up to #4 on the daily album chart for a short period of time. Last week this album was off the top 300, so it's definitely a good result for them.

Source: Oricon

“Take Your Pick” DVD Release Worldwide

Posted on February 17, 2011 by Tobias in News

I don't know why they didn't release it before... I mean it has been out in Japan since October 27th, 2010, but oh well...
On Larry Carlton's official website, they announced that because of winning the Grammy and all the excitement, they decided to set the release date of the DVD to tomorrow(February 18th)!
What's funny, however, is that they say "See the GRAMMY WINNING album "Take Your Pick" performed live in Tokyo with a 12-camera high definition shoot!". What is this all about?
I bought the DVD and it's only in standard definition. Why did they not release a Blu-ray version although they shot it in high definition? A budget problem?

Well... I guess they want to jump on the bandwagon and expect great sales since Take Your Pick jumped to #1 in the iTunes charts in Japan after word got out that Carlton and Matsumoto had won the Grammy.
But that's not all:
"According to the Shibuya store of Japan’s largest music and video rental chain store operation Tsutaya, all copies of Mr. Matsumoto’s newest album were sold or rented out by Tuesday morning. “Take Your Pick” also soared to fourth place on Amazon Japan’s best selling CD ranking, just behind – inevitably –all-conquering girl group AKB48’s latest album."
(Taken from: http://blogs.wsj.com/japanrealtime/2011/02/15/after-gdp-blow-japan-still-rocksat-grammys/)

Anyway... if you haven't bought the DVD yet... here's your chance! And it's cheaper, too. It's only $25.99 opposed to 5250 Yen (roughly $50) in Japan.
You can order it via Larry Carlton's web store: http://www.larrycarlton.com/store.html

“TAKE YOUR PICK” Receives Golden Disc Award

Posted on January 5, 2011 by Tobias in News

Larry Carlton's and Tak Matsumoto's jazz album "TAKE YOUR PICK" has received the Japanese Golden Disc Award for "Jazz Album of the Year" at the 25th Annual Golden Disc Awards in Japan. This again shows the great reception for Larry's and Tak's work, which, compared to Koshi Inaba's solo work, didn't receive much credit from B'z fans. Despite the fact that the TAKE YOUR PICK tour was completely sold out, the album itself didn't sell too well in Japan, but received great reviews from jazz critics from all over the world.

Another great achievement for Larry and Tak would be, if they were awarded with a Grammy for their solo work. We shall see how it goes, when the winners are announced on February 13 at the annual Grammy Awards.

Source(s): THE GOLD DISC

“TAKE YOUR PICK” Nominated For “Best Pop Instrumental Album”

Posted on December 2, 2010 by Tobias in 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 | GRAMMY.com

Tak’s Message Concerning “TAKE YOUR PICK” DVD Release

Posted on October 27, 2010 by Tobias in 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 by Tobias in 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 (Gibson.com)

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

Posted on September 14, 2010 by Tobias in 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: http://www.lcsd.gov.hk/CE/CulturalService/Programme/en/music/000001f5.html

Larry And Tak Grooving At Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010

Posted on August 5, 2010 by Tobias in News

Having released TAKE YOUR PICK and toured throughout Japan, Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto are delighted to announce that they will be performing at the Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010. While it is the 3rd time for Larry Carlton(2006, 2008 and 2010) to perform at the Tokyo Jazz Festival, it's the first time ever that Tak Matsumoto gets the chance to perform on stage.

As a lot of fans weren't able to see Tak playing on stage due to the fact that Larry and Tak performed in small clubs and the amount of tickets was limited. Therefore, as we previously reported, additional live performances have been scheduled so that fans, who weren't able to enjoy the show, still get a chance to see Larry and Tak grooving the stage. In addition to that, fans get one more chance - at the Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010.

Larry Carlton says: "I'm delighted to be able to perform the songs that I've written and recorded with Tak one more time in Japan. In my past career I've had the chance to play at the Tokyo Jazz Festival numerous times. But this time, I'm going to be on stage with my friend Tak, performing our songs, and while watching the smiles in your faces, I hope you'll be able to enjoy the show as much as we do. It's going to be something very special, so please come see our show!"

Tak adds "I am happy that I can play again because sadly our "TAKE YOUR PICK" tour ended so abruptly. On top of that, getting the opportunity to play at the Tokyo Jazz Festival in my musical career is a great honor for me. I'm grateful from the bottom of my heart for this chance to experience and learn a lot of new things. Please enjoy our show!"

The Tokyo Jazz Festival was first held in 2002 and this year will be the 9th time it is held in Tokyo. The Tokyo Jazz Festival will be held from September 3rd, 2010 to September 5th, 2010 in the Tokyo Kokusai Forum Hall A. Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto will perform on September 4th, 2010.

Sources: Barks.jp, Tokyo Jazz Festival 2010

“TAKE YOUR PICK” Tour Setlist & Band Members

Posted on July 26, 2010 by Tobias in News

As I haven't posted the Setlist for the "TAKE YOUR PICK" tour yet, here it is.

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[千夢一夜](#1090 [sen mu ichiya])

The Band

Guitar : Larry Carlton
Guitar : Tak Matsumoto
Bass : Michael Rhodes
Drums : John Ferraro
Key : Billy Steinway

Larry Carlton & Tak Matsumoto To Do Additional Live Performances

Posted on July 24, 2010 by Tobias in News

Additional live performances have just been announced for Larry Carlton's & Tak Matsumoto's "TAKE YOUR PICK" tour in Japan.

September 1st - Zepp SAPPORO
September 2nd - Zepp SENDAI
September 6th - BLUE NOTE TOKYO
September 7th - BLUE NOTE TOKYO

And here's a little video of Larry and Tak performing together in Blue Note Tokyo: