A Latin experiment
Dr.D.Treharne | Exeter, Devon, United Kingdom | 03/23/2001
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Recorded in New York in January/February 1998 this is Watanabe at his most mellow with a group of Latin friends, most notably a small group with Cesar Mariano on keyboards and programming, Paulo Braga on drums and Romero Lubambo on guitar. Add to that a lot of percussion and you have an album that simmers and from time to time introduces a range of vocalists who further add to the stew.For me the best tracks for me are the ones where Watanabe plays sopranino , notably "Afrozil", "On a Sunny Day" and the instrumental version of "Doco Seducao"( although I like the vocal version with Pamela Briggs on vocals as well!) It sounds as though the sessions were great fun and produced a mellow laid back album that presents a different side of Watanabe's playing."
FRANK57 | 06/03/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I discovered Sadao Wantanabe, at a music store on my 1st visit to Japan in 2000. Already a Jazz enthusiast at the time, I wanted to try a Jazz recording by a Japanese artist. I just randomly picked this CD, since I though: ok he is Japanese and it's Jazz, which met my 2 requirements for a purchase. What a true blessing in disguise, I absolutely relish this album. It was my informal introduction to a whole new Jazz legend, and got me hooked on his other recordings. I highly recommend this album for any serious to amateur jazz fan, will not disappoint, and appeal to both tastes. Sadao in this album incorporates Bossa Nova Melodies; great to listen to on so many levels, and never gets old, can be listened alone on a pensive mood day, or on a summer's eve gathering with friends."