I've started to love playing straight-ahead again," Sadao Watanabe said over the phone during a break in a gig at a Japanese club. What is all this about "getting back"? Where else has he been? Well, to the International EXPO what they call World's Fair type events these days in Spain earlier this summer for one, where he represented the Japanese government with performances he organized featuring an ensemble of , mostly teens and pre-teens, from various countries and continents, singing and playing percussion instruments.
He started at EXPO in Japan, where he organized a week of events under the umbrella title "Share the World" and has been bringing the show to annual EXPOs and other international events ever since.
Born into an artistic family in Utsunomiya, Japan, Feb. Unlike many jazz musicians from other parts of the world, Sadao did not stay an expatriate in the USA.
When he returned to Japan, he said, "Young Japanese musicians asked me to teach them what I had learned studying at Berklee. Jazz Classic. Cool Jazz. Modern Jazz. Jazz fusion. Vocal jazz. Spiritual jazz. Free Jazz. Others Jazz. US Rap. Old School Rap.
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Please try again later. Verified Purchase. Makes the world go away. I will never, ever understand how these two songs did not make it big time! One person found this helpful. This could have been my mistake. I don't have a tape player so why would I order a tape? The sax man from Japan was a firm favourite back in the day among my fellow college jazz club members and I, and this release is still my favourite album of his.
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Watanabe's alto had a unique and immediately identifiable sound all of its own though and this album had one other difference in that it featured Steve Gadd on drums on all the tunes he only played on one on Washington's album and Barry Eastmond on synthesizer on one other song. It's 80s smooth jazz with a dash of soul; nothing too left field and very easy on the ears. A classic. Recorded in in New York City this is a great way to discover the seductive power of Sadao Watanabe's alto sax playing.
With Ralph MacDonald taking care of percussion and Eric Gale on Guitar and with strings added to the mix,there are a variety of styles and tempos on this album. A real bonus is the guest vocal appearance of Roberta Flack, whose two tracks, "If I'm still around tomorrow" and "Here's to love" are the outstanding tracks on the album, although "Cool Breeze" runs it close.
Driving,contemplating or chilling out, this is the Sadao Watanabe album that will get you exploring the rest of his very extensive catalogue. As a by-note it's about time that Elektra took steps to re-master and re-release a lot more of the material from the "Elektra Musician" series that they produced at this time, featuring a whole range of artists - and they might start with the albums by the guitarist featured on this one.
The title track was one of those-stop the car,I gotta know what this is, call the station moments. At the time, I had picked up a Dave Grusin album,-US All Stars live gig, and he identified Sadao as if he were the Chairman of the Board, no literary comparison with Sinatra, but as far as alto sax men went at the time he was. It took me some time but I finally found the album and I.
The cuts are incredible. This guys an icon! This is one of them. The wonderful sound and simplicity are simply magnificent. I often sit on the porch and put this CD on as the sun is going down, timing to hopefully hear Roberta Flacks incredible rendition of "If I'm Still Around Tomorrow" as the sun slips below the horizon. Of the literally thousands of CD's I have amassed over the years if I had to choose only 5, this would be one of them.Find Sadao Watanabe discography, albums and singles on AllMusic. Find Sadao Watanabe discography, albums and singles on AllMusic Sadao Watanabe Biography by Matt Collar + Follow Artist. A prolific Japanese jazz saxophonist who achieved enormous success with his bossa nova, bop, and crossover-influenced sound. Rendezvous: Elektra