Kazumi Watanabe

Kazumi Watanabe

Date de naissance 14.10.1953 à Tokyo, Honshu, Japon

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Kazumi Watanabe

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Kazumi Watanabe

Kazumi Watanabe () is a jazz and jazz fusion guitarist, from Tokyo, Japan. He was born on October 14, 1953 [1][2]

Kazumi learned to play guitar from Sadanori Nakamure, one of Japan's grandmaster guitarists. Kazumi released his first recording in 1971, and quickly became a promising guitarist in his own right. In 1979, he formed an all-star band with some of Japan's leading studio musicians, and recorded the album Kylyn, which is considered a masterpiece in fusion music.[3]

During the eighties Watanabe released a considerable number of jazz-rock albums. To Chi Ka (1980), with its funk influences and bright sound, is probably the most famous early title. Some latter albums, such as Mobo Club (1983) and Mobo Splash (1985) display more experimental tendencies. But the most famous of all is Spice of Life (1987) which is written in a strongly melodic style. A DVD has been issued from the tour in which the music was played with drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Jeff Berlin (who also play on the studio record). In the 1990s Kazumi assembled an all-Japanese line-up called Resonance Vox (Vagabonde Suzuki on bass, Rikiya Higashihara on drums, Tomohiro Yahiro on percussion). This band has released several adventurous fusion albums.

Watanabe has worked with numerous musicians such as Steve Gadd, Tony Levin, Jeff Berlin, Bill Bruford, Sly and Robbie, Wayne Shorter, Patrick Moraz, Marcus Miller, Richard Bona, and Peter Erskine. Since 1996, he has been a visiting professor of music at Senzoku Gakuen College. He endorses Steinberger and Paul Reed Smith guitars, and has been chosen Best Jazzman 24 years in a row by Swing Journal magazine's annual poll.


  • Infinite (1971)
  • Monday Blues
  • Endless Way (1974)
  • Milky Shade (1976)
  • Olive's Step (1977)
  • Mermaid Boulevard (1978)
  • Lonesome Cat (1978) Denon Records
  • Tokyo Joe (1978)
  • Village in Bubbles
  • Kylyn (1979)
  • Kylyn Live (1979)
  • To Chi Ka (1980)
  • Talk You All Tight (1981)
  • Dogatana (1981)
  • Ganesia
  • Mobo, Vol. 1 (1982)
  • Mobo, Vol. 2 (1983)
  • Mobo Club (1983)
  • Mobo Splash (1985)
  • The Spice of Life (1987)
  • The Spice of Life Too (1988)
  • Kilowatt (1989)
  • Romanesque (1990)
  • Pandora (1991)
  • O.X.O
  • Resonance Vox
  • Jigo-Jtoku
  • Oyatsu (1994)
  • Oyatsu 2 (1995)
  • Esprit (1996)
  • Dandyism (1998)
  • Dear Tokyo (2001)
  • One for All (1999)
  • Beyond the Infinite (Kazumi Watanabe album) (2001)
  • Guitar Renaissance (2003)
  • Mo' Bop (2003)
  • Mo' Bop II (2004)
  • Guitar Renaissance 2 (2005)
  • Guitar Renaissance 3 (2006)
  • Mo' Bop III (2006)
  • Guitar Renaissance 4 (2011)


  • Kazumi's Music File 84-94
  • Better Days of Kazumi Watanabe


  • Forbidden Plays (1998)
  • Australia Land of Dreams (1999)
  • The Spice of Life in Concert (2004)
  • Mo' Bop (2005)


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