Steps ‎– Smokin’ in the Pit (1981)

Smokin’ in the Pit is a live double-album by American post-bop/jazz-rock supergroup Steps, recorded at Tokyo’s Pit Inn with guitarist Kazumi Watanabe and released in 1981 on Nippon Columbia. Tracklist: A1. “Tee Bag” (13:49) A2. “Lover Man” (8:31) B1. “Fawlty Tenors” (10:05) B2. “Song to Seth” (13:00) C1. “Young and Fine” (16:00) C2. “Soul Eyes” […]

Mabumi Yamaguchi Quartet

Mabumi Yamaguchi — 山口真文 (born Sept. 1, 1946) — is a Japanese saxophonist who played on numerous jazz recordings during the 1970s. Between 1976 and 1978, he led a namesake quartet for two albums on Union Records. His one solo album, Mabumi, appeared in 1981 on Trio Records. Members: Fumio Karashima, Kazumi Watanabe, Mabumi Yamaguchi, […]

Kazumi Watanabe

Kazumi Watanabe — 渡辺香津美 (born Oct. 14, 1953) — is a Japanese jazz-rock guitarist who has been active since the early 1970s, recording his first album at age 17 for Express in 1971. Between 1975 and 1996, he released one-to-two albums per year on Better Days, DOMO, and other labels. During the early 1980s, he […]

Kazumi Band

Kazumi Band were a Japanese jazz-rock quintet led by prolific guitarist Kazumi Watanabe. The band released the album Talk You All Tight on Better Days in 1981, followed by Ganaesia on DOMO in 1982. Members: Hideo Yamaki, Kazumi Watanabe, Kenji Takamizu, Masanori Sasaji, Yasuaki Shimizu Discography: Talk You All Tight (1981) Ganaesia (1982)