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Mine, Kosuke

Mine, Kosuke, tenor saxophonist, b. Tokyo, Japan, 6 February 1944. 

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

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