About the album
Akiko Tsuruga’s second release on 18th & Vine couldn’t be more perfectly named. Oriental Express transports the listener on an exciting journey through soul-jazz, R&B, jazz standards and originals. Masterful B3 style that appeals to fans of Shirley Scott, Jack McDuff, Big John Patton, Dr. Lonnie Smith & Brother Jack McDuff and Jimmy Smith. Regularly performs as a key member of the Lou Donaldson Quartet. Also performs with the Jackson Brothers, Jerry Weldon Trio, and Madam Pat Tandy Group. Featured in DownBeat’s 56th Annual Critics poll as “Rising Star Organ.” Author of jazz instructional book Hammond Organ Complete (Berklee Press). First jazz organist to receive the “New Star Award” by Swing Journal. Previous 18th & Vine release named Best CD of 2007 by DownBeat, and reached # 13 on the jazz radio charts.