A key fusion set from Sadao Watanabe – a record that has him moving away from some of the bolder tones of the early 70s, into warmly soulful territory that would him him find a much bigger international audience! The album's still got a nice sharp edge, though – as it's recorded in that key Japanese fusion stretch of the late 70s – a time when the overseas scene was digging some of the best elements from American electric jazz, and putting them together with a style that was clean, lean, and still plenty soulful. Watanabe's reeds get some great help here from American players who include Dave Grusin on Fender Rhodes, Lee Ritenour on guitar, Oscar Brashear on trumpet, and Ernie Watts
on tenor – and rhythms feature tight drums from Harvey Mason, plus extra percussion from Paulinho Da Costa. Cuts include "Duo-Creatics", "Desert Ride", "Ngoma Party", "Seventh High", "My Country", "Turning Pages Of Wind", and "California Shower".
(Nice Japanese pressing – on Flying Disk – with obi!)