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Win a Poster Autographed by Larry and Tak!!

Posted on January 8, 2011
Tak Matsumoto News

I just now discovered that you can win a poster autographed by Larry and Tak by subscribing to Larry Carlton’s mailing list! If you want to be part of the drawing, don’t hesitate and sign up!!

NEW BONUS! Sign up for Larry’s mailing list between now and January 31st, 2011 and you could win a poster autographed by both Larry Carlton and Tak Matsumoto (seen on the right)! If you are already on the list you are eligible to win. Winner will be announced February 1st.

Via: Larry Carlton – Official Website of Mr. 335

Source(s): B’zaholic Blog (Japanese)

TAKE YOUR PICK Receives Golden Disc Award

Posted on January 5, 2011
Tak Matsumoto 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
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 (

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!