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Sadao Watanabe

By Published: September 28, 2008
While many of his recordings in the previous decades were highly produced studio sessions, that reunion album is one of a trio of live recordings Sadao has released in Japan recently emphasizing his sax playing rather than production values, his return to "basics." One of them, a double-CD, Basie's at Night, features the working band he'll be bringing to the Blue Note this month.



Recommended Listening:

Toshiko Akiyoshi—The Historic Mocambo Session '54 (Rockwell, 1954)

Sadao Watanabe—Dedicated to Charlie Parker (Denon, 1969)

Sadao Watanabe—Round Trip (Vanguard, 1974)

Sadao Watanabe/Great Jazz Trio—I'm Old Fashioned (Inner City-East Wind, 1976)

Galaxy All-Stars—Live Under the Sky (In Tokyo) (Galaxy, 1978)

Sadao Watanabe—Parker's Mood (Elektra-Warner, 1985)



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