Artist: Sadao Watanabe
Recorded at Bravas Club 1985
Musicians: Sadao Watanabe – Alto Sax, James Williams – Piano, Charnett Moffett – Bass, Jeff Watts – Drums
Producer: Sadao Watanabe
Engineer: Michio Nakakoshi
Mastering Engineer: Kasai Teppei
Sadao Watanabe is also a talented published photographer. Aside from the saxophone, he also plays flute. He’s known for his bossa nova recordings. His albums are more than I can count. He has been playing professionally since the 1950s. For more info visit here:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sadao_Watanabe_(musician)
This was the first CD I ever purchased. According to the info this is a live LP and is AAD. I’m not sure if the vinyl would be better or the same on this one. I think it depends on the recording and mastering engineer. To my ears the CD seems to miss the details that a live album should have. It sounds more studio than at a club. It sounds kind of sterile, but doesn’t really take too much enjoyment away overall. I just feel it could be extra good if they wanted it to.
My favorite tracks from this album are:
Stella By Starlight = The kind of Jazz I like , solid rhythm and improvisation.
Lament = One of the better tracks on this album, melds nicely and rhythm section lays good support.
Billy’s Bounce = Fun Bebop, nice bass solo in this (the kind of thing I would not have minded seeing live) plus the required percussion solo towards the last two minutes.
I Thought About You = Kind of a blues feel, great percussion and bass.