Sadao Watanabe

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Japan's premier jazz instrumentalist Sadao Watanabe has been coaxing smooth and lilting tunes from his alto sax since the 1950s, and this collection--originally released in 1992 and re-released by Koch in 2007--revisits his finest moments, mostly from the '80s. The collection includes slinky sambas, romantic ballads, and a few swinging upbeat numbers, all characterized by Watanabe's controlled and melodious playing.

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