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Sadao WatanabeBossa Best Collection EP ... 7-inch
Union (Japan), Late 60s. Very Good+ (pic cover)... $24.99
Sublime bossa sounds from one of the best Japanese jazz musicians of the 60s to bring the bossa overseas! EP features four tracks – "Long Night", "White Waves", "Girl From Ipanema", and "Fly Me To The Moon". 7-inch, Vinyl record

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✨✧ Sadao WatanabeJazz & Bossa ... LP
Takt (Japan), 1966. Near Mint- Gatefold ... $49.99
Beautiful bossa nova from 60s Japan – groundbreaking work from the young Sadao Watanabe! Like one of his obvious influences, Stan Getz, Watanabe had a great role in bringing the bossa nova out of Brazil – taking a music that had already been introduced to Japan a few years before, and giving it even wider exposure with his wonderfully soulful, jazz-based approach. And although there were earlier Japanese bossa albums, this one stands out as one of the true classics – the Getz/Gilberto set of 60s Japan, although without the vocals of that Verve date. Sadao plays both flute and alto sax, and backing is from a small combo that mixes in Brazilian-styled guitar and percussion next to the bass and drums. Watanabe's reeds have a raspy, off-kilter quality that's almost more human than most Brazilian jazz efforts of the time – and titles include versions of "Song Of The Jet", "Felicidade", "Reza", and "Morning Of The Carnival" – plus some nice originals like "America" and "Cupid's Song". LP, Vinyl record album
(1977 pressing, in a non-gatefold cover, with insert.)

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Sadao WatanabeNabesada In Mood ... LP
Toshiba (Japan), 1961. Very Good+ ... $36.99
Great work from a very young Sadao Watanabe – playing alto sax lines against a moody backdrop of late nite orchestrations – a style that's quite different than the sound of his work from later 60s years! Yet even at this early age, Watanabe's clearly a great talent on his instrument – playing familiar tunes, but doing so with a bit of an edge – a "bite" in his tone that creates an oddly unsettling feel, and brings a much moodier sound to music that might otherwise come off with a sweeter style. LP, Vinyl record album
(1970 pressing. Vinyl has a short click in one spot, but is very nice overall.)

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Sadao WatanabeParker's Mood – Sadao Watanabe Live At Bravas Club 85 ... LP
Elektra, 1985. Near Mint- ... $7.99
A great back-to-basics set for Sadao Watanabe – a live date that almost echoes the spirit of one of his youthful Columbia sessions in Japan! The group features James Williams on piano, Charnett Moffett on bass, and Jeff Waits on drums – and Sadao blows alto on titles that include "Billie's Bounce", "Parker's Mood", "Lament", and "Stella By Starlight". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear, but looks great overall.)
Also available Parker's Mood – Sadao Watanabe Live At Bravas Club 85 ... CD 14.99

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Sadao WatanabeSadao Watanabe Plays ... LP
Polydor/Universal (Japan), 1965. New Copy (reissue)... $47.99 54.99 About December 7, 2022
A beautiful early album from Sadao Watanabe – a Polydor session recorded before some of his better-known albums for Takt/Columbia, but done with a similar mix of soul jazz and bossa influences! Watanabe's horn has really sharpened up from his already-great earlier sides – and he's working with a sextet that also features trumpet and tenor alongside his own mix of alto sax and flute. The latter instrument is especially nice – used with a great deal of sensitivity at times, especially on some of the original compositions – and the album's a brilliant illustration of the great growth in Watanabe's music during the 60s – proof that the Japanese scene was ready to stretch away from any US or European influences. Titles include the originals "M&M", "Woman Talk", and "Lady Mako" – plus versions of Coltrane's "Naima" and Gary McFarland's "Train Samba" – and a cool modal take on "Chim Chim Cheree". LP, Vinyl record album
Also available Sadao Watanabe Plays (SHM CD pressing) ... CD 18.99

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Sadao Watanabe & Charlie MarianoIberian Waltz ... LP
Takt (Japan), Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $38.99
A rare recording from Charlie Mariano's "lost" years in Japan – an under-documented period of his career next to earlier American work and later 70s European fusion! At the time of the set, Charlie was living in Japan with (then) wife pianist Toshiko Akioshi – and opening up tremendously from a musical standpoint – exploring new sounds and new modes of expression that really took him a long way beyond the straighter jazz of his roots. This set has Charlie working with Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe, in a session that features both players on alto sax, but also using folkloric flutes as well – mixing the crisper sax work with earthier, more organic tones that really make the album sound tremendous! This aspect of the record is featured on 2 long tracks – "God Has Mercy" and "Stone Garden Of Ryoanji" – both of which were written by Mariano, and which have a wonderful "jazz meets world" feel – nicely balanced by the more traditional jazz numbers "I Thought About You" and "Iberian Waltz", the latter of which is still a relatively exploratory Mariano number that runs for over 16 minutes! LP, Vinyl record album
(70s pressing – with insert! Cover has some light aging, but vinyl is great.)

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Sadao Watanabe & Charlie MarianoNabesada & Charlie ... LP
Catalyst, Late 60s. Near Mint- ... $6.99
A rare look at a little-known chapter in the career of Charlie Mariano – recordings made while living in Japan in the late 60s, done in the company of up-and-coming Japanese reedman Sadao Watanabe! The pair seem perfectly matched here – no surprise, given that both players are ones that come from a mainstream background, but who can also bring in earthier, more primal tones to their instruments. And while the tracks in the set are mostly familiar 60s standards and soul jazz tunes, the interplay between the reeds is really tremendous – dipping, turning, and carving out notes with sharp edges and unusual turns that take the record way past the obvious. Many of the tunes have a bossa groove at the base – in keeping with Watanabe's Brazilian-influenced sound of the era – but the presence of Mariano makes the record sound a fair bit different as well! Titles include "One Note Samba", "Work Song", "Goin Home", "On The Trail", "Comin' Home Baby", "Black Orpheus", and "Lord Don't Let Them Drop that Atomic Bomb On Me". A landmark in Japanese jazz – issued here in the US pressing from the late 70s. LP, Vinyl record album
(Mid 70s issue. Cover has ring and edge wear and lightly bent corners.)

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Sadao Watanabe with The Great Jazz TrioBird Of Paradise ... LP
Inner City, 1980. Near Mint- ... $6.99 9.99
A fantastic album from saxophonist Sadao Watanabe – and one that stands at a real back-to-basics effort at a time when he was often recording in a more electric mode! The set has Sadao on alto, playing with the Great Jazz Trio of Hank Jones on piano, Ron Carter on bass, and Tony Williams on drums – a superb rhythm group who really help return Watanabe to the early bop roots of his youth – but with a tremendous tone that shows all the new sounds he was able to bring out of the alto sax during his more experimental years! The core trio are wonderful, too – every bit as great here as on their own excellent albums of the period – and obviously, Jones gets in some strong solos too – but we're almost even more in love with the work of Carter and Williams. Titles include "Donna Lee", "Star Eyes" "If I Should Lose You", "KC Blues", "Bird Of Paradise", and "Dexterity". LP, Vinyl record album
(Cover has light wear.)

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✨✧ Sadao WatanabeMbali Africa ... LP
Sony (Japan), 1974. Near Mint- 2LP Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
A fantastic live set of spiritual soulful post-Coltrane jazz! The great reed player Sadao Watanabe is playing here with a group that includes some of the best Japanese jazz musicians of the past 30 years – Takehiro Honda, Terumasa Hino, Motohiko Hino, and Isao Suzuki, among others. The "Africa" in the title might imply a more rootsy recording – but the continent is represented mostly in spirit, and in the additional hard percussion that punctuates a number of tracks on the set. The real strength, though, is in the jazz playing – which is hard and focused, with none of the indulgences that crept into some of the Japanese players' work at this time. Truly one of the greatest Sadao Watanabe albums ever – and with 2LPs worth of excellent material! Titles include "Afro Talk", "Hip Walk", "Tanzania Yako", "Tanu Song", "Jambo Bwana", and "Saba Saba". LP, Vinyl record album
(Includes obi!)

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✨✧ Sadao WatanabeMusic Break ... LP
Takt (Japan), 1967. Near Mint- Gatefold ... Temporarily Out Of Stock
Beautiful bossa from the Japanese scene of the 60s – a live set from saxophonist Sadao Watanabe, cut during a run of excellent Brazilian inspired sessions at the time! The group on the set is a sextet with Masabumi Kikuchi on piano – and although a few tracks appear to have additional string backings, most of the instrumentation is from the core combo – recorded here on some slightly longer tracks than Watanabe's studio bossa from the same stretch. The format's not unfamiliar for the 60s, but comes off very nicely here – thanks to a really edgey tone in Sadao's horn, which makes the record a bit more unsettling than other mainstream bossa jazz sets. Titles include "Train Samba", "Doralici", "Meditation", "Song Of The Jet", "Mas Que Nada", and "Samba De Orfeo". LP, Vinyl record album
(Heavy gatefold pressing, with textured inner cover – part of the Takt Jazz Series on Columbia Japan. White label promo/test pressing. Cover has some light wear overall.)
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✨✧ Chico HamiltonEl Chico ... LP
Impulse, 1965. Very Good+ Gatefold ... Out Of Stock
Amazing, simply amazing – and light years ahead of the staid sounds that Chico Hamilton was cutting in the 50s! Hamilton's one of those players who has an amazing range to his music – almost all of it really incredible, as Chico always shifts things up over time – continually trying new things, and new modes of expression – even though, given his popularity, he could have just kept recording the same things year after year. This album is true testament to that propensity for growth in Hamilton's music – a wonderfully unbridled set that's filled with unusual rhythms, odd instrumentation, and even some of the first touches of psychedelic jazz to appear in the 60s! Players include Sadao Watanabe on alto and flute, Gabor Szabo on guitar, Jimmy Cheatham on trombone, and Willie Bobo and Victor Pantoja on percussion – all working together in a really wonderful range of modes from track to track – always groovy, but also pretty far-reaching and exploratory too! Titles include "El Moors", "Helena", "Strange", "Marcheta", "El Chico", and "Conquistadores". LP, Vinyl record album
(Mono orange and black label pressing with Van Gelder stamp.)

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