YOSHIO SUZUKI

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Suzuki, Yoshio (Chin), bassist, pianist; b. Nagano, Japan, 21 March 1946. Yoshio Suzuki's mother was a piano teacher and his father the owner of the famous Suzuki Violin Factory. His uncle is, in addition, one of the world's foremost violin teachers, and author of the renowned Suzuki Method.

Surrounded by musical influence, Yoshio began playing violin and piano at an early age and later also took up the guitar in high school. At Waseda University, he joined the jazz band as pianist, Entered Watanabe Sadao's Yamaha Music School after graduation from Waseda. While studying jazz theory with Sadao Watanabe, Watanabe suggested Yoshio switch to bass as his main instrument. He did, and in 1969, he joined Watanabe's band as bassist. He also played bass with Masabumi Kikuchi's band, which was equally prominent in Japan at the time.

In 1973, he moved to New York and between
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YOSHIO SUZUKI Friends album cover 3.50 | 1 ratings
Friends
Post Bop 1973
YOSHIO SUZUKI Matsuri album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Matsuri
Fusion 1979
YOSHIO SUZUKI Wings album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Wings
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1981
YOSHIO SUZUKI Morning Picture album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Morning Picture
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1984
YOSHIO SUZUKI Touch Of Rain album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Touch Of Rain
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1986
YOSHIO SUZUKI Yoshio Suzki & Matsuri : Fairy Tale album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yoshio Suzki & Matsuri : Fairy Tale
Post Bop 1987
YOSHIO SUZUKI The Moment album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
The Moment
Post-Fusion Contemporary 1992
YOSHIO SUZUKI Joy Spring album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Joy Spring
Post Bop 1998
YOSHIO SUZUKI Someone In Love album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Someone In Love
Post Bop 1999
YOSHIO SUZUKI Yoshio Suzuki / Shiro Mori : Va Da Du? album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yoshio Suzuki / Shiro Mori : Va Da Du?
Post Bop 2001
YOSHIO SUZUKI Moon And Breeze album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Moon And Breeze
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2004
YOSHIO SUZUKI Yoshio 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yoshio "Chin" Suzuki feat.Tadataka Unno : For You
Post Bop 2007
YOSHIO SUZUKI Love Letter album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Love Letter
Pop/Art Song/Folk 2007
YOSHIO SUZUKI My Dear Pianists album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
My Dear Pianists
Post Bop 2009
YOSHIO SUZUKI Yoshio Suzuki & Yoshiaki Masuo : Around The World album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yoshio Suzuki & Yoshiaki Masuo : Around The World
Post Bop 2011
YOSHIO SUZUKI Yoshio Suzuki Bass Talk : Dancing Luna album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yoshio Suzuki Bass Talk : Dancing Luna
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2012
YOSHIO SUZUKI Generation Gap album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Generation Gap
Fusion 2015
YOSHIO SUZUKI Suzuki Yoshio Bass Talk : Beyond The Forest album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Suzuki Yoshio Bass Talk : Beyond The Forest
Post-Fusion Contemporary 2019
YOSHIO SUZUKI Yoshio Suzuki + Tsuyoshi Yamamoto : Loving Touch album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Yoshio Suzuki + Tsuyoshi Yamamoto : Loving Touch
Post Bop 2020

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YOSHIO SUZUKI Alone in the Pacific album cover 0.00 | 0 ratings
Alone in the Pacific
Post Bop 1989

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YOSHIO SUZUKI Friends

Album · 1973 · Post Bop
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Former Sadao Watanabe bassist Yoshio Suzuki's solo debut album is an essential example of what Japanese jazz of that time is. High energy mid to fast tempo perfectly executed compositions (all - Suzuki originals) that are well played and even better recorded in a warm wood sound fashion of the audiophile dream of the time, Three Blind Mice Records.

Five compositions played by the Suzuki quartet (with the addition of flutist Hideo Miyata on Samba De Chico) are characteristic transitional from post bop to acoustic fusion pieces with bop rhythmic structures and rock band energy.

Sax player Kohsuke Mine is in his best form (few months later he will release his probably best ever album "Out Of Chaos" in a very similar style), pushing the music ahead with his soulful but high energy soloing. Suzuki acoustic bass is competent, if not too original, drummer Hiroshi Murakami (Masabumi Kikuchi band's member for years) is A-list collaborator and pianist Takehiro Honda is another star on his own a member of Sadao Watanabe's quartet at the time of this album's release).

After four more traditional pieces (each between eight and ten minutes long), the album's closer is different - "Samba De Chico" represents an early fusion take on Latin jazz, adding a guest flutist soloing over the whole composition. It is the least successful song on the album, where a too fast tempo destroys authentic Latin music beauty converting it to not too impressive soundtrack for Taco advert.

To be a really great album, the music here probably lacks more compositional originality, but "Friends" is still a really good album and could be recommended for those enjoying Kohsuke Mine's early works.

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