Monday, September 28, 2009

Sadao WATANABE - Maisha 1985

Sadao WATANABE - Maisha 1985
Label: Elektra / Wea
Audio CD: (October 25, 1990)


Sadao Watanabe has long had a split musical personality. He alternates excellent bebop dates with pop albums. Watanabe learned clarinet and alto in high school, and in the 1950s he moved to Tokyo, joining Toshiko Akiyoshi's bop-oriented group in 1953. When the pianist moved to the U.S. in 1956, Watanabe took over the band. He attended Berklee during 1962-1965 and had the opportunity to work with Gary McFarland, Chico Hamilton, and Gabor Szabo. However, throughout his career Watanabe has remained mostly based in Japan, where he is a major influence on younger players. He has recorded steadily through the years, most notably with Chick Corea in New York (1970) and with the Galaxy All-Stars (1978). Watanabe's bop records are inspired by Charlie Parker, and his pop dates by Brazilian-flavored music.
By Scott Yanow and Thom Jurek, All Music Guide.
Sadao Watanabe is a Japanese jazz musician (born Utsunomiya, Japan, February 1, 1933). He studied at Berklee College of Music, Boston and plays alto saxophone, soprano saxophone and flute. His work encompasses a large range of styles and includes collaboration with musicians all over the world, ranging from bossa nova played with Brazilian musicians, to collaboration with famous American jazz artists such as Lee Ritenour and Dave Grusin who performed live in the Budokan in what was called "the greatest Japanese jazz event in 1980." He has recorded albums from the sixties until the present day, and continues to perform live internationally, including a visit to Burma and a tour with Hank Jones in 2006, as well as various performances in Africa, Asia, and the Americas.

In addition to his musical career, Watanabe also published six photography books in Japan.
Japanese saxophonist Sadao Watanabe released this CD in 1985 on Elektra Records, players are Sadao Watanabe on sax & flute, Don Grusin and Russell Ferrante on keyboards, Carlos Rios and David Williams on guitar, Nathan East and Jimmy Johnson on bass, Harvey Mason and John Robinson on drums, Paulinho Da Costa on percussion, guests Brenda Russell on vocals and Herbie Hancock on keyboards, plus a horn section.
Harvey Mason, Sr.- Drums
Carlos Rios- Guitar
John "J.R." Robinson- Drums
David Williams- Guitar
Larry Williams- Saxophone
Jimmy Johnson- Bass
David E. Williams- Guitar
Don Grusin- Keyboards, Rhythm Arrangements
Paulinho Da Costa- Percussion
Nathan EastBass
Russell Ferrante- Keyboards, Rhythm Arrangements
Gary Grant- Trumpet
Jerry Hey-Trumpet
Brenda Russell- Vocals
Herbie Hancock- Horn, Keyboards, Clavinet
Bill Reichenbach Jr.- Trombone
Sadao Watanabe- Flute, Sax Alto,Sopranino
01. What's Now 7:13
02. Men And Women 4:15
03. Road Song 3:46
04. Times We Shared 3:08
05. Good News 4:32
06. Desert Ride 4:35
07. Tip Away 3:33
08. Stray Birds 4:30
09. Maisha 5:23
10. Paysages 5:48

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