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Kazumi Watanabe


Kazumi Watanabe lives up to his name as the Japan’s world-class, top jazz guitarist. His quick tempo weaves fascinating ad libs and affluent melodies; he has been noted for elaborately combining various performing techniques and infusing rich expressive power to each and every note to create a one-of-a-kind “Kazumi Sound”. He has made the world his stage for over 40 years, transgressing genres and borders to perform with an outstanding number of domestic and international artists. The natural-born improviser also builds a unique world of composition and arrangements, always pioneering frontier instrumental music. Born 1953 in Tokyo, Kazumi Watanabe took the piano at the tender age of seven, but picked up the guitar at age 12 inspired by the Ventures


Article: Radio & Podcasts

We Revisit This Month Last Year With John Mclaughlin, Jaco Pastorius And Jeremy Green

Read "We Revisit This Month Last Year With John Mclaughlin, Jaco Pastorius And Jeremy Green" reviewed by Len Davis

Revisiting this week last year with John McLaughlin from The Montreaux Years, Jaco Pastorius from Live At Montreal, guitarist Mike Miller, The Trackers, bassist Lee Puckett and Spherical Agenda. Canadian guitarist Jeremy Green, Tim Miller and Kazumi Watanabe and his Electric Trio. Playlist John McLaughlin “El Hombre Que Sabia" from The Montreaux Years (BMG) ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Jaco Pastorius, Hiromi Uehara, Per Mathisen and Kazumi Watanabe

Read "Jaco Pastorius, Hiromi Uehara, Per Mathisen and Kazumi Watanabe" reviewed by Len Davis

Jaco Pastorius with a medley from Broadway Blues, Hiromi from Beyond Standard, Spherical Agenda, from Arcane Wisdom Bassist's Lee Puckett and Federico Malaman and a new release from Per Mathisen, plus Japanese fusion from Kazumi Watanabe. Playlist {Jaco Pastorius “Medley+ Donna Lee “ from Broadway Blues & Teresa (Jazz Point) 00:00 Hiromi “Caravan “ ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Kazumii Watanabe, Simon Phillips Protocol, Percy Jones and Aaron Lebos Reality

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Simon Phillips Protocol V, Kazumi Watanabe, Percy Jones and Aaron Lebos Reality. Playlist Simon Phillips “Jagannath" from Protocol V (Phantom) 00:00 {Kazumi Watanabe “Blue Spiral" from Mo'Bop (Warner) 07:33 Percy Jones “Slick" from Propellor Music (Hot Wire) 15:00 Yves Nadeau “Logarythme" from Expression Tableaux (Self Produced) 22:35 Son Swagga “Dark Magic" from Dark Magic ...


Article: Radio & Podcasts

Mike Miller, Igor Wilcox, Gabriel Santiago and Ryan Devlin

Read "Mike Miller, Igor Wilcox, Gabriel Santiago and Ryan Devlin" reviewed by Len Davis

New releases from, Mike Miller, Igor Wilcox, Fredrik Sahlander. Plus Ryan Devlin, Gabriel Santiago and Kazumi Watanabe.Playlist Mike Miller “Reindeer Glue" from Trust (Blue Canoe) 00:00 Igor Wilcox “North City" from North City (Room 73) 08:10/li> Fredrik Sahlander"Hold Your Breath" from Past Present Future (Losen) 16:16 Ryan Devlin"The Drag" from The Shape Of Light ...


Article: Book Excerpts

Ode to a Tenor Titan

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The following is an excerpt from Chapter 8, “Going Solo, The Pittbull and The EWI" from Bill Milkowski's Ode to a Tenor Titan: The Life and Times and Music of Michael Brecker (Backbeat Books, 2022). By early 1986, Michael began formulating plans for his long-overdue solo debut. He was 37, a universally respected ...


Article: Album Review

Bill Bruford's Earthworks: Earthworks Complete

Read "Earthworks Complete" reviewed by John Kelman

Since retiring as a professional musician in 2009, progressive/art rock turned jazz drummer Bill Bruford has successfully managed to maintained a place in the public eye. Beyond his engaging, informative and successful Bill Bruford: The Autobiography (Jawbone Press, 2009), the drummer/percussionist has more recently released a second, equally captivating book, Uncharted: Creativity and the Expert Drummer ...


Article: SoCal Jazz

Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor

Read "Marcus Miller: America's AmBASSadoor" reviewed by Jim Worsley

Marcus Miller is most often described as a jazz, funk, soul, fusion, and R&B bassist. As much as that is accurate, it is a description that falls well short of the mark. Miller is a high-end musical sponge who manages to incorporate today's cultures and rhythms into his compositions, layered within the framework of sound he ...


Article: Interview

Eddie Gomez: The Playing is Free

Read "Eddie Gomez: The Playing is Free" reviewed by Donald Elfman

Eddie Gomez is known throughout the world as a consummate bassist, sterling educator and a musician active in a wide variety of musical settings. He has been on the music scene for more than 40 years and has worked with everyone from Bobby Darin to Giuseppi Logan. Gomez moved from Puerto Rico as a child and ...


Article: Interview

Mike Mainieri: Man Behind Bars

Read "Mike Mainieri: Man Behind Bars" reviewed by John Kelman

It's hard to imagine vibraphonist Mike Mainieri in his seventies. Not only does he look and sound like a man 10 years (or more) his junior, but a quick look at the projects he's been involved in over the past few years sound like anything but a septuagenarian resting on his not inconsiderable laurels.


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