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Come Today by Sadao Watanabe
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Artist/Band:Sadao Watanabe
Name:Come Today
Cat No.:VICJ-61655
Performed by:Sadao Watanabe (alto sax)
Gerald Clayton (piano)
Ben Williams (bass)
Johnathan Blake (drums)
Release Date:10/05/2011
Description:Come Today, the latest release by legendary Japanese alto saxophonist Sadao Watanabe is a spcial album in many respects. The year 2011 marked Watanabe's 60th year as a professional musician. More importantly, it was the first album he made since his wife of over 50 years passed away late last year and after the devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster in Japan.

Obviously, Watanabe felt a lot of pain in these months, but as he writes in his liner notes, "there is always hope beyond sadness and suffering, just as a seed is waiting to grow under winter soil." As always, the program consists entirely of his own compositions, which include "She's Gone," an ode to his late wife; the hopeful "Warm Days Ahead" and "What I Should" which reflects his thoughts on what he could do for the victims of the Japanese disaster.

Teaming up once again with Watanabe is the stellar trio of Gerald Clayton on piano, Ben Williams on bass and Johnathan Blake on drums (see also Into Tomorrow). They are arguably three of the most exciting, young jazz musicians in New York today. Their superb musicianship, energy and fresh ideas have a very interesting chemical reaction with Watanabe's lyrical approach to music, creating something powerful and beautiful.

One of the best jazz releases of 2011! Highly recommended!

Recorded at Avatar Studios, New York, NY, in June 2011. Recored and mixed by Jim Anderson.
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Album Tracks:
1. Come TodayMP3 Sample
2. Warm Days AheadMP3 Sample
3. Airy
4. What I ShouldMP3 Sample
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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