Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. Sadao Watanabe hits a sweet fusiony groove – riding the Orange Express to LA, and picking up some great Dave Grusin arrangements on the way! The album's got the sweetly soulful finish of others from the classic years of Japanese fusion – a style that's as much influenced by mainstream soul as it is by jazz – but which comes across with some top-shelf playing throughout, thanks to a lineup that includes George Benson, Bobby Broom, Eric Gale, Richard Tee, and Marcus Miller – not to mention Watanabe and Grusin themselves! Titles include "Orange Express", "Ride On", "Straight To The Top", "Mbali Africa", and "Bagamoyo/Zanzibar".
Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. Sadao Watanabe Quartet for CBS Sony Japan from 1975. Sadao Watanabe (as,fl,sn) , Takehiro Honda (p) , Osamu Kawakami (b) , Shinji Mori (ds). Recorded at Montreux this powerful acoustic quartet session continues to reflects the African influences prevalent in Watanabes mid 70s sets "Mabali Africa" & "Kenya Ya Africa ". Over 5 original compositions Watanabe blows long and hard his playing a million miles from the fusion fluff he was to churn out in later years while Takehiro Honda nearly steals the show with his thunderous piano runs and vamps.
Japan's premier jazz instrumentalist Sadao Watanabe has been coaxing smooth and lilting tunes from his alto sax since the 1950s, and this collection–originally released in 1992 and re-released by Koch in 2007–revisits his finest moments, mostly from the '80s. The collection includes slinky sambas, romantic ballads, and a few swinging upbeat numbers, all characterized by Watanabe's controlled and melodious playing.
Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. After completing explore the entire Brazilian music in the sixties and to become the representative of the genus in Japan, Sadao has put aside Bossa Nova to enter in a new era with this iconic album which opens his African period. From return of East Africa when he visited Kenya, Sadao recruited new musicians featuring trombonist Hiroshi Fukumura and operates now the African musical culture mixing the rhythms to the free forms of experimental jazz. Each track can be seen as the theatrical representation of the African Culture. All tracks mixed by Kunihiko Sugano at Iino Hall.
1985 Japanese edition of a classic featuring Terumasa Hino on trumpet and Sadao Watanabe on alto sax, recorded live at Ginza Yamaha Hall, Tokyo on March 15, 1969.
Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. This album from 1976 is widely considered as one of the best, if not THE best, four-beat jazz albums by Sadao Watanabe, the legendary Japanese saxophonist. Watanabe went to New York, met with the original Great Jazz Trio – Hank Jones, Ron Carter and Tony Williams – before the super-group became well-known for its superb recordings.
Recorded in New York in January/February 1998 this is Watanabe at his most mellow with a group of Latin friends, most notably a small group with Cesar Mariano on keyboards and programming, Paulo Braga on drums and Romero Lubambo on guitar. Add to that a lot of percussion and you have an album that simmers and from time to time introduces a range of vocalists who further add to the stew.For me the best tracks for me are the ones where Watanabe plays sopranino , notably "Afrozil", "On a Sunny Day" and the instrumental version of "Doco Seducao"( although I like the vocal version with Pamela Briggs on vocals as well!) It sounds as though the sessions were great fun and produced a mellow laid back album that presents a different side of Watanabe's playing.
Reissue with the latest remastering. Comes with liner notes. A pivotal record in the career of this brilliant Japanese saxophonist – a set recorded in New York with a trio players from the American scene – done in a style that's even more freewheeling than most of Sadao Watanabe's previous work! Watanabe had always worked with unusual tones and phrasing from the start – but this album has him really stretching out on long long tracks – working on both soprano sax and flute, with Chick Corea on acoustic and electric piano, Miroslav Vitous on bass, and Jack DeJohnette on drums! The title track is an open-ended jam that takes up all of side one – and Watanabe balances things out with a bit of lyricism from time to time, showing him to be as rich in conception as the regular sort of reed players who might have worked with a trio like this.
Reissue with the latest DSD remastering. Comes with liner notes. 2016 reissue of this live album, recorded in July 1980 at the legendary venue the Budokan in Japan over two nights. The album features a who's who of Jazz Fusion musicians including Richard Tee, Steve Gadd, Eric Gale, Ralph MacDonald, Anthony Jackson, Jeff Mironov and Dave Grusin. Grusin also arranged and conducted the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra on these two magical nights. How's Everything contains versions of the Sadao Watanabe classics 'Up Country' and 'Nice Shot'. a positively must-have CD for all Jazz Fusion fans. Robinsongs.