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Sadao Watanabe

Sadao Watanabe has long had a split musical personality. He alternates excellent bebop dates with pop albums. Watanabe learned clarinet and alto in high school, and in the 1950s he moved to Tokyo, joining Toshiko Akiyoshi's bop-oriented group in 1953. When the pianist moved to the U.S. in 1956, Watanabe took over the band. He attended Berklee during 1962-1965 and had the opportunity to work with Gary McFarland, Chico Hamilton, and Gabor Szabo. However, throughout his career Watanabe has remained mostly based in Japan, where he is a major influence on younger players. He has recorded steadily through the years, most notably with Chick Corea in New York (1970) and with the Galaxy All-Stars (1978). Watanabe's bop records are inspired by Charlie Parker, and his pop dates by Brazilian-flavored music. ~ Scott Yanow and Thom Jurek
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Come Today

1. Come Today

2. Warm Days Ahead

3. Airy

4. What Should I Do

5. I Miss You When I Think Of You

6. Gemmation

7. Vamos Juntos

8. Simpatico

9. She's Gone

10. Lullaby

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Track List: Basie's At Night

Disc 1

1. One For All

2. Plum Island

3. I'm Old Fashioned

4. Alalake/Lopin'

5. Tembea

6. Deep In A Dream

7. Maji

Disc 2

1. Bye Bye Babe

2. Basie's At Night

3. Life Is All Like That (For Snoopy & His Friends)

4. See What Happens

5. Call Me

6. Manha De Carnaval

7. Episode

8. Karibu/Orange Express

9. Harambee

10. Carinhoso

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Track List: Recital

1. Pastral

2. Burung Burung

3. Hitting Home

4. Matahari Terbenam

5. Hiro

6. Old Photograph

7. Wana Tanzania

8. Maraica

9. Theme From "My Dear Life"

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Track List: The Best

1. California Shower

2. Seventh High

3. Ngoma Party

4. My Country

5. Morning Island

6. Down East

7. Samba Do Marcos

8. Home Meeting

9. Nice Shot

10. Orange Bypass

11. Massai Talk

12. Samba Em Praia

13. My Dear Life

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Track List: Jazz Samba

1. Samba De Orphee

2. It Might As Well Be Spring

3. The Water Melon Man

4. Frevo

5. Lobo Bobo

6. She Loves You

7. Four Leaf Clover

8. Surf Board

9. Sunny

10. Spring Samba

11. Fried Bananas

12. Berimbau

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Track List: Bird Of Paradise

1. Bird Of Paradise

2. Donna Lee

3. Embraceable You

4. Star Eyes

5. Dexterity

6. If I Should Lose You

7. Yardbird Suite

8. K.C. Blues

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Track List: Wheel Of Life

1. One For You

2. Tembea

3. Basie's At Night

4. Requiem For Love

5. Wind & Trees

6. Koulamanite

7. Waiting Song

8. Isabelle

9. Jindungo

10. Wheel Of Life

11. Spring - All Beautiful Days

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Track List: Pamoja

1. Vichankani

2. Musitoni

3. Pamoja

4. Ev'rytime We Say Goodbye

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Track List: Minha Saudade

1. Manha De Carnaval

2. Samba Em Preludio

3. Child's Play

4. Talk To The Moon

5. Fotografia (Photograph)

6. Wind's Hug

7. Mais Um Adeus

8. Butterfly

9. Sonho De Natal (Christmas Dream)

10. Como Vai!

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Track List: Sadao 2000

1. Matahari Terbenam (Sunrise)

2. Te Misseya

3. Sa So Ngando (Step In And Dance)

4. I Thought Of You

5. Nostalgia

6. Hana No Shima

7. Life Is All Like That (For Snoopy & His Friends)

8. Back Yard Suite

9. One In The Same

10. Por Toda A Minha Vida

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Track List: Remembrance

1. Smokin' Area

2. Where You At

3. Dim Blue

4. Forest Song

5. Remembrance

6. Closed Door

7. Aquarian Groove

8. Times Up

9. See What Happens

10. Gong Back Home

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Track List: Viajando

1. Afrozil

2. Viajando

3. On Sunny Day

4. Butterfly

5. Boemia

6. Little Waltz For M

7. Fireplace

8. Doce Seducao (Instrumental Version)

9. Don't Worry 'Bout Me

10. Como Vai!

11. Sora No Choras

12. Doce Seducao (Vocal Version)

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Track List: Morning Island

1. Morning Island

2. Down East

3. Serenade

4. We Are The One

5. Home Meeting

6. Petet Valse Pour Sadao

7. Samba Do Marcos

8. Inner Embrace

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Track List: California Shower

1. California Shower

2. Duo-Creatics

3. Desert Ride

4. Seventh High

5. Turning Pages Of Wind

6. Ngoma Party

7. My Country

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Track List: My Dear Life

1. Massai Talk

2. Safari

3. Hunting World

4. L.A. Sunset

5. Samba Em Praia

6. Music Break

7. Malaika

8. My Dear Life

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Track List: I'm Old Fashioned

1. Confirmation

2. Gary

3. 3:10 Blues

4. Episode

5. I Concentrate On You

6. Chelsea Bridge

7. I'm Old Fashioned

8. One For C (From The TV Theme Juhyo)

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Track List: Sadao Watanabe Plays Ballads

1. Here's That Rainy Day

2. My Foolish Heart

3. I Thought About You

4. Old Folks

5. Spring Is Here

6. Little Girl Blue

7. That's All

8. They Say It's Wonderful

9. My Romance

10. Sometimes I Feel Like A Motherless Child

11. Once Upon A Summertime

12. A Nightingale Sang In Barkley Square

13. It's Easy To Remember

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So deep and introspectiv e music.
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When I'm in the hospital I listen to his music and it makes it all better.
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How's Everything/ It IS everything you ever wanted for pleasant pheasant presence.
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khoward5637
the album i was looking for is name SWEET DEAL,if any one ever listen to this you will forever be a FAN!!!!!!!!
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khoward5637
they only have these 4 album listed his best to me is not on here please try an list them all , please
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johnnyg257
Being from near the New Orleans area, that is sweet music to my ears. There is no other soothing music than Jazz & Blues (at least my opinion) in the world!!!
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mark_s_snyde r
One of my favorite albums by Sadao Wananabe is "How's Everything." It's is some of his older work, but excellent listening.
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balfosh
Just what the doctor ordered, maybe because i work in a hospital... truly mellow for afternoon ease...
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If anyone knows where I can get a copy of Sadao's 1980 recording "How's Everything" please contact me at jbsr1@hotmai l . c o m . . . t h a n k s !
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con mucho "filling"

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