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Kazumi WATANABE is one of Japan's best known fusion guitarists. After hearing Wes Montgomey at the early age of fifteen, WATANABE fell in love with jazz. At 17 he appeared with his first band, INFINITE, and word spread of his guitar prowess. He soon was playing with major stars in Japan's jazz and fusion scene. In 1979, he formed the band KYLYN, which included Ryuichi SAKAMOTO and Akiko YANO, among others.

In the 1980's, now and international star, WATANABE was playing with worldwide jazz greats like Marcus Miller, Eddie GOMEZ, Steve GADD, The BRECKER BROTHERS, and even Jaco PASTORIUS. His most famous albums may be The Spice Of Life and The Spice Of Life Too, both recorded with Bill BRUFORD and Jeff BERLIN.

WATNABE continues to push the boudaries of jazz and fusion, sometimes blending Japanese folk instruments into his music as well. In 2010 he celebrated his 40th year of his musical career, with a series of events, where in one he played in a full orchestral version of Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez.

WATANABE is currently a guest professor at the jazz course of Senzoku Gakuen College of Music.

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Infinite
1971
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Endless Way
1975
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Milky Shade
1976
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Monday Blues
1976
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Mudari - Spirit Of Song
1976
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Olive's Step
1977
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Lonesome Cat
1978
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Mermaid Boulevard
1978
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Tokyo Joe (with Ryuichi Sakamoto)
1978
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Village In Bubbles
1978
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Kylyn
1979
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To Chi Ka
1980
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Talk You All Tight
1981
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Dogatana
1981
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Ganesia
1982
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Mobo
1984
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Mobo II
1984
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Mobo Club
1985
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Mobo Splash
1985
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The Spice Of Life
1987
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The Spice of Life Too
1988
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Kilowatt
1989
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Romanesque
1990
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Pandora
1991
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O.X.O (as Resonance Vox)
1992
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Resonance Vox
1993
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Oyatsu
1994
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Oyatsu 2
1995
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Esprit
1996
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Dandyism
1998
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Dear Tokyo
2001
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Beyond The Infinite
2001
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Guitar Renaissance
2003
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Mo' Bop
2003
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Mo' Bop II
2004
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Guitar Renaissance II
2005
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Guitar Renaissance III
2006
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Mo' Bop III
2006
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Guitar Renaissance IV
2007
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Nowadays (with Minako Yoshida)
2008
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Acoustic Flakes
2009
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Jazz Impression
2009
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Tricoroll
2011

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One For All
1999
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Lotus Night
2011

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 The Spice Of Life by WATANABE, KAZUMI album cover Studio Album, 1987
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The Spice Of Life
Kazumi Watanabe Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
Special Collaborator Crossover & JazzRock/Fusion Teams

4 stars I had heard Kazumi Watanabe before this album. One of my co-workers in the record store had introduced me to the "Mobo" albums before this one. But at the time I was a prog snob, and didn't really notice his talent until this album, which featured some guy named Bill Bruford, and a bassist that had played in Bruford's bands, Jeff Berlin.

The album begins with Melancho, an imitation of "Discipline" era King Crimson, where Watanabe overlays guitar parts and string bending solos, impersonating both Fripp and Belew at once. Berlin alternates between his usual flying fingers basslines and Levin-like growls.

The rest of the album is more original, with Bruford being Bruford, with his adept technique making difficult patterns sound smooth and easy. Watanabe and Berlin sound like they were born to play together, pushing each other to more and more challenging lines.

While I wouldn't quite call this a masterpiece, it is a standout work of fusion, which was unusual in the depressing eighties.

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 Pandora by WATANABE, KAZUMI album cover Studio Album, 1991
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Pandora
Kazumi Watanabe Jazz Rock/Fusion

Review by Evolver
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4 stars On this album, Kazumi Watanabe has put together yet another group of highly talented Japanese fusion musicians, this time in a band called Vox Resonance, and once again showed why he is one of not only Japan's, but the world's top fusion artists.

His band is spectacular. Bassist Vagabonde and drummer Rikiya Higashara along with percussionist Tomohiro Yahiro are easily up to the task of following Watanabe through his world of fusion, from straight electric jazz rock, to the Weather Report styled Peking Doll to Thelonius Monk influence be-bop. No matter what, the intensity stays high. There is even a piece with a violinist, and Zakir Hussain on tabla (Passy Home) that would give John Mclaughlin's Shakti a run for their money.

Another highlight is Fire Cracker. With a Blues Brothers style rhythm, Jao Jing Yin on pipa and Zhang Lin on yang-qin give the tune a fantastic east Asian flair.

I love this album as much as Watanabe's work with Bill Bruford & Jeff Berlin.

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