Kazumi Watanabe, Minako Yoshida – Nowadays (2008/2016) [Qobuz FLAC 24bit/96kHz]

Kazumi Watanabe, Minako Yoshida – Nowadays (2008/2016)
FLAC (tracks) 24 bit/96 kHz  | Time – 58:26  minutes | 1,06 GB | Genre: Jazz
Studio Masters, Official Digital Download – Source: Qobuz | Front Cover | © Warner Music Japan

Special duet featuring Japanese vocalist Minako Yoshida and jazz/fusion guitarist Kazumi Watanabe. Kazumi Watanabe has for the past 20 years been one of the top guitarists in fusion, a rock-oriented player whose furious power does not mask a creative imagination. Watanabe studied guitar at Tokyo’s Yamaha Music School and he was a recording artist while still a teenager. In 1979, he formed the group Kylyn and, in 1983, he put together the Mobo band. Several of his recordings have been made available by Gramavision and they show that he ranks up with Al DiMeola (when he is electrified) and Scott Henderson among the pacesetters in the idiom.

Kazumi Watanabe (渡辺香津美 ) is a jazz and jazz fusion guitarist, from Tokyo, Japan. He was born on October 14, 1953. Watanabe learned to play guitar from Sadanori Nakamure, one of Japan’s grandmaster guitarists. He released his first recording in 1971, and quickly became a promising guitarist in his own right. In 1979, he formed an all-star band with some of Japan’s leading studio musicians, and recorded the album Kylyn, which is considered a masterpiece in fusion music. That year, he also was a touring musician with Yellow Magic Orchestra.

During the eighties Watanabe released a considerable number of jazz-rock albums. To Chi Ka (1980), with its funk influences and bright sound, is probably the most famous early title. Some latter albums, such as Mobo Club (1983) and Mobo Splash (1985) display more experimental tendencies. But the most famous of all is Spice of Life (1987) which is written in a strongly melodic style. A DVD has been issued from the tour in which the music was played with drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Jeff Berlin (who also play on the studio record). In the 1990s Kazumi assembled an all-Japanese line-up called Resonance Vox (Vagabonde Suzuki on bass, Rikiya Higashihara on drums, Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion). This band has released several adventurous fusion albums.

Watanabe has worked with numerous musicians such as Lee Ritenour, Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford, Sly and Robbie, Wayne Shorter, Patrick Moraz, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, and Peter Erskine. Since 1996, he has been a visiting professor of music at Senzoku Gakuen College. He endorses Steinberger and Paul Reed Smith guitars, and has been chosen Best Jazzman 24 years in a row by Swing Journal magazine’s annual poll. –wiki

1. Light my fire 05:32
2. Sophisticated Lady 05:04
3. Opus De Funk 04:30
4. Eleanor Rigby 06:34
5. Both Sides Now 06:31
6. El noi de la mare 03:53
7. Come Sunday 05:14
8. I Wish You Love 06:12
9. Mood Indigo 03:25
10. Good Bye Pork Pie Hat 06:36
11. Lush Life 06:25

Kazumi Watanabe, guitars
Minako Yoshida, vocals