''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.
He has four albums released on What's New Records and Summit Records. He has also released his 5th, Solo Guitar and his 6th, Live in Japan. Vintage Guitar Magazine commented: ''Takamen is a master. Beautiful solo guitar'', and Mark Sullivan of AllAboutJazz remarked of his trio music: ''This is jazz guitar trio music at its finest''. His latest album, The Nobuki Takamen Trio has just been released in 2018.
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, Jazz Japan, and Jazz Guitar Magazine (Japan).