Sadao Watanabe – Orange Express (1981) [Japan 2000]
SACD Rip | SACD ISO | DSD64 2.0 > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | 42:06 minutes | Front/Rear Covers | 1,7 GB
or DSD64 Stereo (from SACD-ISO to Tracks.dsf) > 1-bit/2.8224 MHz | Front/Rear Covers | 1,68 GB
or FLAC (carefully converted & encoded to tracks) 24bit/88,2 kHz | Front/Rear Covers | 888 MB
Sadao Watanabe is a Japanese jazz musician who plays alto saxophone, sopranino saxophone, and flute. He is known for his bossa nova recordings, although his work encompasses many styles with collaborations from musicians all over the world.
Sadao Watanabe hits a sweet fusiony groove – riding the Orange Express to LA, and picking up some great Dave Grusin arrangements on the way! The album’s got the sweetly soulful finish of others from the classic years of Japanese fusion – a style that’s as much influenced by mainstream soul as it is by jazz – but which comes across with some top-shelf playing throughout, thanks to a lineup that includes George Benson, Bobby Broom, Eric Gale, Richard Tee, and Marcus Miller – not to mention Watanabe and Grusin themselves! Titles include “Orange Express”, “Ride On”, “Straight To The Top”, “Mbali Africa”, and “Bagamoyo/Zanzibar”.
01. Orange Express
02. Ride On
03. Call Me
04. Good For All Night
06. Straight To The Top
07. Mbali Africa
Conducted & Arranged by Dave Grusin. Produced by Kiyoshi Itoh. Engineered by Larry Rosen.
Recorded and Mixed in April-May 1981 at A&R Recording Studios, New York City.