Encyclopedia of Jazz Musicians
He left the clarinet program at his high school to turn pro in 1962 with the Blue Seven. In 1969 he earned accolades as a member of Masabumi Kikuchi 's quintet; a year later he released his first record, Morning Tide. He studied in the US for a time in the seventies, and returned to Japan in 1975 with an interest in fusion, recording Sunshower and other records as a founding member of Native Son. He has more recently recorded with a standard quintet and with Masahiko TogashI's J.J. Spirits.
Native Son; Funky Tonky; Mine (1970); Major to Minor (1993)
Entry by ATKINS