Jan 17, 2014

Sadao Watanabe Quartet – live in France


Not here, but over at Private Press, where Katonah has just posted some outstanding live (TV studio) footage of the Sadao Watanabe Quartet shot in France.

With him he's got Takehiro Honda on piano, Yoshio Suzuki on bass, and Fumio Watanabe on drums. They're all really on fire, especially Honda.

Katonah reckons it's from 1970. I think it's later, maybe 1973, since that was the time he was first recording with those other three. Plus Intersection (the third piece they play) wasn't recorded till that year (on Open Road). There's more on this over on Sadao's official site here…

That's probably my all-time favourite period in J-jazz, which makes it extra special. But whatever the year, it's brilliant. 

So what are you waiting for? It's over here…

And apparently there's more to come. I for one can't wait.