''a mature player with keen sense of composition [and] considerable technical skill.''
- Vintage Guitar Magazine
''an excellent improviser in his own bop-inspired style.''
- Scott Yanow (The Auther of ''The Great Jazz Guitarists'')
Guitarist/composer Nobuki Takamen is originally from Hiroshima, Japan. A mainstay of the New York jazz scene, he 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 has four albums released on What’s New Records and Summit Records, and three albums on his own label, including his first solo album, ”Solo Guitar”, his two-disc 6th album, ”Live in Japan”, and his eponymous 7th album, ”The Nobuki Takamen Trio”.
One of his compositions from the album, Helsingin taivas (Helsinki Sky) received the first prize of the Instrumental Category in the 2019 USA Songwriting Competition.
His playing and music have been featured in publications worldwide, including DownBeat, Vintage Guitar Magazine, Just Jazz Guitar, Jazz Podium (Germany), Jazz'n'more (Switzerland), Jazz Special (Denmark), Musica Jazz (Italy), Jazzwise (UK), Jazz Life, Swing Journal, and Jazz Guitar Magazine (Japan).