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Guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen was born in Hiroshima, Japan. Jazz historian Scott Yanow describes him as ''an excellent improviser in his own bop-inspired style.'' John Heidt of Vintage Guitar Magazine has also called him ''a mature player with keen sense of composition [and] considerable technical skill.''

A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, Nobuki has toured with his group in North America and Europe, performing at some of the best international jazz festivals and clubs including the Montreal International Jazz Festival, the Rochester International Jazz Festival, Blue Note NY, Iridium Jazz Club, Blues Alley and Smalls Jazz Club. He has also toured annually throughout Japan since 2004.

Nobuki released two albums on What's New Records. His third album, Live at the Iridium, released on Summit Records, presents a complete, uncut performance from a set at Iridium Jazz Club in 2009. His forth album, Three Wishes, recorded with his trio, was also released on Summit Records in 2012. Nobuki's playing and music have been featured in publications worldwide, including DownBeat, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar, AllAboutJazz, Jazz Podium, Jazz'n'more, Jazz Special, Musica Jazz and Jazzwise.

Besides leading his group, Nobuki has been playing solo frequently since his solo concert at the Montreal International Jazz Festival as part of 100% Guitare in 2009. He recorded his first solo guitar album one month prior to his Europe tour in August 2014. This album, Solo Guitar was released in December 2014. Vintage Guitar Magazine commented: ''Takamen is a master. Beautiful solo guitar''.

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''a mature player with keen sense of composition, considerable technical skill...'' John Heidt, Vintage Guitar Magazine

''Guitarist Nobuki Takamen has taken his Gibson around the world... and made his name in jazz with range from pensive to passionate!’’ the Montreal Jazz Festival

''Takamen has a consistently mellow tone and a style that ranges from relaxed to fiery.'' Scott Yanow, LA Jazz Scene

''... prodigious technique... lyrical melodies akin to James Taylor's, which sink into the mind, inviting subconscious lyric-writing from even the most casual listen.'' Dave Major, AllAboutJazz

''Takamen continues his seamless merging of lyrically-resplendent compositions, with peppery, in-the-pocket grooves.'' Glenn Astarita, JazzReview.com

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Primary Instrument

Guitar

Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced

Albums

Album The Nobuki Takamen Trio by Nobuki Takamen

The Nobuki Takamen...

Self Produced
2018

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Album Live in Japan by Nobuki Takamen

Live in Japan

Self Produced
2016

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Album Solo Guitar by Nobuki Takamen

Solo Guitar

Self Produced
2015

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Album Live at the Iridium by Nobuki Takamen

Live at the Iridium

Summit Records
2011

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Album From Now On by Nobuki Takamen

From Now On

What's New Records
2009

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