This is intended to be a homage to very many musicians I've loved since I started listening to music. My intention is to tell what I know about them, hoping that those people who like them too, will help me fill numerous gaps, which I may have in their careers and discographies. Sorry, but there are no MP3 audio files here at all, just info (and love for the musicians).


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Thursday, 30 April 2020

Ryo Kawasaki (guitar)

BRIEF BIOGRAPHY:

Amazing fusion guitarist (also owner of his own record label where he produced many artists), Ryo Kawasaki was born on February 25th, 1947 in Koenji, Tokyo, Japan.

Ryo played in several Japanese jazz and fusion bands, before he emigrated to USA in 1973,


USHIO SAKAI GROUP


This was the special lineup for Ushio Sakai that recorded the double live album Jam in Yokota in April 1973:

USHIO SAKAI GROUP #?
1973
Ushio Sakai
keyboards
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Tetsuo Fushimi
trumpet
Ken Muraoka
sax
Hidehiko Matsumoto
sax
Teddy Adams
trombone
Motohiko Hino
drums

Other info on members of Ushio Sakai Group (I know up to 7 members)
Not enough info (6): Teddy Adams, Tetsuo Fushimi, Motohiko Hino, Hidehiko Matsumoto, Ken Muraoka, Ushio Sakai


JOE LEE WILSON GROUP


Ryo Kawasaki was a member of Joe Lee Wilson Group around 1973 but cannot find the proper details. Help!:

JOE LEE WILSON GROUP #?
1973-?
Joe Lee Wilson
vocals
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Yoshiaki Masuo
guitar
Ronnie Boykins
bass
Monty Waters
sax
+ maybe others, unknown to me. Help!

Other info on members of Joe Lee Wilson Group (I know up to 16 members)
Already covered (1): Joe Lee Wilson
To be covered (6): Stafford James, Kirk Lightsey, Yoshiaki Masuo, Danny Mixon, Steve Watts, Dave Wickins
Not enough info (8): Ronnie Boykins, Rod Kelly, Ray McKinley, Bob Ralston, Napoleon Revels, Terry Seabrook, Nigel Thomas, Monty Waters


GIL EVANS ORCHESTRA


This was the great Gil Evans Orchestra around May/June 1976:

GIL EVANS ORCHESTRA #?
1976
Gil Evans
conductor, keyboards
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Keith Loving
guitar
Jeff Berlin
bass
Lew Soloff
trumpet
Kunitoshi Shinohara
trumpet
George Adams
sax, flute
Kohsuke Mine
sax
Tom Malone
trombone, keyboards
Peter Levin
french horn, keyboards
Bob Stewart
tuba
Warren Smith
percussion
Sue Evans
drums

Other info on members of Gil Evans Orchestra (I know up to 107 members)
Already covered (5): Herb Geller, Gerry Niewood, Al Porcino, Lew Soloff, Derek Watkins
Old pages (1): Ray Russell
To be covered (100): John Abercrombie, George Adams, Tex Allen, Benny Bailey, Dave Bargeron, Guy Barker, Joe Beck, Jeff Berlin, David Binney, Charles Blenzig, Hamiet Bluiett, Arthur Blythe, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Hermann Breuer, Dean Brown, Delmar Brown, Hiram Bullock, Herb Bushler, Mino Cinelu, John Clark, Billy Cobham, Johnny Coles, Steve Cooke, Rob Crowder,... up to 100 musicians.


LIFETIME


Ryo Kawasaki played in Lifetime, but don´t know when (maybe 1976?):

LIFETIME #?
?
êSantana
Tony Williams
drums
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Doug Rauch
bass

After rehearsing for one month, Tony Williams left for Europe and the band folded.

Other info on members of Lifetime (I know up to 13 members)
Already covered (1): Allan Holdsworth
To be covered (9): Juini Booth, Jack Bruce, Ted Dunbar, Webster Lewis, John McLaughlin, Alan Pasqua, Doug Rauch, Tony Williams, Larry Young
Not enough info (2): Tequila Logan, Tony Newton


CHICO HAMILTON GROUP


Ryo Kawasaki was a member of Chico Hamilton Group, but don´t know the complete lineup or period (1976 maybe?):

CHICO HAMILTON GROUP #?
?
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
+ others unknown to me. Help!

Other info on members of Chico Hamilton Group (I know up to 61 members)
Already covered (4): Buddy Catlett, Jim Hall, Chico Hamilton, Fred Katz
To be covered (56): Abdullah, John Abercrombie, Kathy Adair, Jim Aton, Arthur Blythe, George Bohanon, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Garnett Brown, Dennis Budimir, Jeremy Carlstedt, Thomas Chapin, Buddy Collette, Marc Copland, Larry Coryell, Curtis Counce, Nick Demopoulos, Cary DeNigris, Eric Dolphy, George Duvivier, Barry Finnerty, Alex Foster, Matt Garrison, Hal Gaylor, Nathan Gershman, Dexter Gordon,... up to 56 musicians.


TARIKA BLUE


Tarika Blue was a project led by keyboardist Phil Clendeninn. There were different lineups, and Ryo Kawasaki played in their two albums. Cannot find proper info about lineups, but this is the one featured in the album The blue pearl circa 1976:

TARIKA BLUE #
?
Phil Clendeninn
keyboards
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Barry Coleman
bass
Marvin Blackman
sax
Bradie Speller
percussion
Kevin Atkins
drums

Other info on members of Tarika Blue (I know up to 10 members)
To be covered (1): Justo Almario
Not enough info (8): Kevin Atkins, Marvin Blackman, Phil Clendeninn, Barry Coleman, Irene Datcher, James Mason, Dolores Smith, Bradie Speller


ELVIN JONES GROUP


This was the Elvin Jones Group around 1977:

ELVIN JONES GROUP #?
1970
Elvin Jones
drums
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Pat LaBarbera
sax
Chico Freeman
sax

Other info on members of Elvin Jones Group (I know up to 53 members)
Already covered (2): Frank Foster, Freddie Hubbard
To be covered (47): Dayne Armstrong, Darron Barrett, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Ray Carless, George Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Chick Corea, Richard Davis, Robin Eubanks, Thadeus Expose, Joe Farrell, Sonny Fortune, Chico Freeman, Jimmy Garrison, Steve Grossman, Dave Holland, Marvin Horne, Chip Jackson, Javon Jackson, Brad Jones, Elvin Jones, Kent Jordon, Fumio Karashima, Steve Kirby, Pat LaBarbera,... up to 47 musicians.
Not enough info (3): Marcus Roberts, Reginald Veal, David Williams


RYO KAWASAKI GROUP


This was the lineup announced as Ryo Kawasaki & The Golden Dragon in October 1980:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
1980
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Ilana Morillo
vocals
Lincoln Goines
bass
Buddy Williams
drums

Ryo Kawasaki also toured with Joanne Brackeen as a duo, but don´t know when:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
?
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Joanne Brackeen
keyboards

This was the Ryo Kawasaki Trio in 1988:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
?
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Yoshio Suzuki
bass
Cecil Monroe
drums

This was the new lineup for Ryo Kawasaki now as a quartet:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
?
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Yoshio Suzuki
bass
Masayoshi Yoneda
keyboards
Cecil Monroe
drums


AND THEN...


In the eighties, Kawasaki parked his musical career to spend a few years writing music-relasted software. Oh, my two passions together... :) He came back to the musical scene in 1991.


RYO KAWASAKI GROUP (again)


This was the Ryo Kawasaki Group in August 1995:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
1995
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Ilana Morillo
vocals
Dakota MacLeod
vocals, percussion
Steve Brown
guitar
Keith Lambeth
bass
Ray Naccari
keyboards
Everalo Brown
percussion
Doud David Williams
percussion
Victor Jones
drums

This was the lineup for Ryo Kawasaki & His NY Band around 1996:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
1996
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Lincoln Goines
bass
Ray Naccari
keyboards
Everalo Brown
percussion
Victor Jones
drums

This was the lineup for Ryo Kawasaki Group around 1999:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2008
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Tom Mackenzie
bass
Ray Naccari
keyboards
Victor Jones
drums

In March 2007, we find Ryo Kawasaki playing as a duo with Yoshio Suzuki on bass:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2007
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Yoshio Suzuki
bass

This was the Ryo Kawasaki Group in March 2008:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2008
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Toivo Unt
bass
Tetsuya Kuwayama
accordion
Aivar Vassilijav
drums

This was the lineup for Ryo Kawasaki Trio in April 2008:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2008
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Toivo Unt
bass
Aivar Vassilijav
drums

This was the lineup for Ryo Kawasaki Group in April 2011:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2011
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Arthur Satyan
keyboards
Fouad Afra
drums

A live album was released, Live in Beirut 2011.

This was the lineup for Ryo Kawasaki in July 2014:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2014
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Toivo Unt
bass
Vladimir Vossotski
keyboards
Lembit Saarsalu
sax
Eno Kollom
drums

This was the lineup as trio for Ryo Kawasaki Group in August 2014:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2014
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Toivo Unt
bass
Brian Melvin
drums

This was the lineup as duo for Ryo Kawasaki Group also in August 2014:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2014
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Toivo Unt
bass

This was the lineup for Ryo Kawasaki Group in December 2014:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2014
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Jaanika Ventsel
vocals
Toivo Unt
bass

This was the new lineup for Ryo Kawasaki Group in January 2015:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2015
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Toivo Unt
bass
Aleksander Paar
sax
Brian Melvin
drums

This was the Ryo Kawasaki Group in April 2015:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2015
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Aleksander Paar
sax
Brian Melvin
drums

This was the Ryo Kawasaki Group from June to August 2015:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
Jun 15-Aug 15
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Jaanika Ventsel
vocals
Toivo Unt
bass

This was the Ryo Kawasaki Group in October 2015:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2015
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Raun Juurikas
keyboards
Brian Melvin
drums

This was the Ryo Kawasaki Group during November & December 2015:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2015
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Jaanika Ventsel
vocals
Toivo Unt
bass

This was the Ryo Kawasaki Group from January to April 2016:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2016
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Kaarel Liiv
bass
Raun Juurikas
keyboards
Brian Melvin
drums

This was the Ryo Kawasaki Group from October to December 2016:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2016
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Jaanika Ventsel
vocals
Toivo Unt
bass

This was the lineup for Ryo Kawasaki & Level 8 from January to July 2017:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
Jan 17-Jul 17
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Kaarel Liiv
bass
Raun Juurikas
keyboards
Eno Kollom
drums

This was the Ryo Kawasaki Group in July 2017:

RYO KAWASAKI GROUP #?
2017
Ryo Kawasaki
guitar
Kaarel Liiv
bass
Eno Kollom
drums

Other info on members of Ryo Kawasaki Group (I know up to 30 members)
To be covered (7): Joanne Brackeen, Lincoln Goines, Victor Jones, Dave Liebman, Brian Melvin, Yoshio Suzuki, Buddy Williams
Not enough info (22): Fouad Afra, Everalo Brown, Steve Brown, Raun Juurikas, Eno Kollom, Tetsuya Kuwayama, Keith Lambeth, Kaarel Liiv, Tom Mackenzie, Dakota MacLeod, Cecil Monroe, Ilana Morillo, Ray Naccari, Aleksander Paar, Lembit Saarsalu, Arthur Satyan, Toivo Unt, Aivar Vassilijav, Jaanika Ventsel, Vladimir Vossotski, Daoud-David Williams, Masayoshi Yoneda

Sadly, Ryo Kawasaki passed away on April 13th, 2020 in Tallinn, Estonia, where he lived for the last years. He was 73. Thanks for your music, maestro!

   8 BANDS (WITH 35 SELECTED RECORDINGS):

BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
Gil Evans Orchestra  2 RECORDINGS:
  • Plays the music of Jimi Hendrix - The Gil Evans Orchestra (1974)

    • Members: Herb Bushler, John Clark, Joe Daley, Bruce Ditmas, Sue Evans, Peter Gordon, Billy Harper, David Horowitz, Howard Johnson, Peter Levin, Keith Loving, Tom Malone, Paul Metzke, Michael Moore, Don Pate, Marvin Peterson, David Sanborn, Warren Smith, Bob Stewart (RIP: Gil Evans + John Abercrombie, George Adams, Ryo Kawasaki, Trevor Koehler, Ernie Royal, Lew Soloff)
    • Guests: (RIP: Tony Williams)
    • Producer: Anita Evans
    • Technical: Bob Simpson
    • Comments: Every CD reissue contains more extra tracks!
  • There comes a time - Gil Evans And His Orchestra (1987)

    • Members: Herb Bushler, John Clark, Joe Daley, Bruce Ditmas, Sue Evans, Peter Gordon, Billy Harper, David Horowitz, Howard Johnson, Peter Levin, Tom Malone, Paul Metzke, Marvin Peterson, David Sanborn, Warren Smith, Bob Stewart (RIP: Gil Evans + George Adams, Ryo Kawasaki, Ernie Royal, Lew Soloff)
    • Guests: (RIP: Tony Williams)
    • Producer: Anita Evans, Ed Michel (RIP: Steve Backer)
    • Technical: Bob Simpson
    • Comments: CD reissue is quite different to the original album.
    Other info on members of Gil Evans Orchestra (I know up to 107 members)
    Already covered (5):Herb Geller, Gerry Niewood, Al Porcino, Lew Soloff, Derek Watkins
    Old pages (1):Ray Russell
    To be covered (100):John Abercrombie, George Adams, Tex Allen, Benny Bailey, Dave Bargeron, Guy Barker, Joe Beck, Jeff Berlin, David Binney, Charles Blenzig, Hamiet Bluiett, Arthur Blythe, Michael Brecker, Randy Brecker, Hermann Breuer, Dean Brown, Delmar Brown, Hiram Bullock, Herb Bushler, Mino Cinelu, John Clark, Billy Cobham, Johnny Coles, Steve Cooke, Rob Crowder,... up to 100 musicians.
    Chico Hamilton Group   
    Other info on members of Chico Hamilton Group (I know up to 61 members)
    Already covered (4):Buddy Catlett, Jim Hall, Chico Hamilton, Fred Katz
    To be covered (56):Abdullah, John Abercrombie, Kathy Adair, Jim Aton, Arthur Blythe, George Bohanon, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Garnett Brown, Dennis Budimir, Jeremy Carlstedt, Thomas Chapin, Buddy Collette, Marc Copland, Larry Coryell, Curtis Counce, Nick Demopoulos, Cary DeNigris, Eric Dolphy, George Duvivier, Barry Finnerty, Alex Foster, Matt Garrison, Hal Gaylor, Nathan Gershman, Dexter Gordon,... up to 56 musicians.
    Elvin Jones Group  2 RECORDINGS:
  • The Main force - Elvin Jones (1976)

    • Members: Steve Grossman, Pat LaBarbera, Dave Liebman, Gene Perla (RIP: Elvin Jones + Frank Foster, Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: (RIP: Albert Dailey)
  • Time capsule - Elvin Jones (1977)

    • Members: George Coleman (RIP: Elvin Jones + Frank Foster, Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: Kenny Barron, Juini Booth, Bunky Green (RIP: Milt Hinton, Frank Wess)
    • Technical: (RIP: David Baker)
    Other info on members of Elvin Jones Group (I know up to 53 members)
    Already covered (2):Frank Foster, Freddie Hubbard
    To be covered (47):Dayne Armstrong, Darron Barrett, Jean-Paul Bourelly, Ray Carless, George Coleman, Ravi Coltrane, Chick Corea, Richard Davis, Robin Eubanks, Thadeus Expose, Joe Farrell, Sonny Fortune, Chico Freeman, Jimmy Garrison, Steve Grossman, Dave Holland, Marvin Horne, Chip Jackson, Javon Jackson, Brad Jones, Elvin Jones, Kent Jordon, Fumio Karashima, Steve Kirby, Pat LaBarbera,... up to 47 musicians.
    Not enough info (3):Marcus Roberts, Reginald Veal, David Williams
    Ryo Kawasaki Group  26 RECORDINGS:
  • Prism - Ryo Kawasaki (1975)

    • Members: Buddy Williams (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: Abdullah, Herb Bushler, Steve Turre
  • Eight mile road - Ryo Kawasaki (1976)

    • Members: Buddy Williams (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: Abdullah, Herb Bushler, Andy LaVerne, Sam Morrison
    • Technical: (RIP: David Baker)
    • Comments: Recorded in March 1976.
  • Juice - Ryo Kawasaki (January 1977)

    • Members: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: Tom Coster, Andy LaVerne, Sam Morrison, Stu Woods, Jimmy Young (RIP: Hugh McCracken)
    • Technical: Bob Simpson
  • Ring toss - Ryo Kawasaki (October 1977)

  • Natures revenge - Ryo Kawasaki (1978)

    • Members: Dave Liebman, Buddy Williams (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: Alex Blake
  • Nature´s revenge - Ryo Kawasaki (1978)

    • Members: Dave Liebman, Buddy Williams (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: Alex Blake
    • Producer: (RIP: Joachim-Ernst Berendt)
    • Comments: Recorded in February & March 1978.
  • Mirror of my mind - Ryo Kawasaki (1979)

    • Members: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: Rubens Bassini, Al Brown, Jon Faddis, Anthony Jackson, Jesse Levy, George Marge, Harvey Mason, Kermit Moore, Leon Pendarvis, Alan Raph (RIP: Michael Brecker, Barry Rogers, Alan Rubin)
    • Technical: James Farber
    • Comments: Recorded in March 1979.
  • Live - Ryo Kawasaki And The Golden Dragon (1980) (LIVE)

  • Little tree - Ryo Kawasaki And The Golden Dragon (1980)

    • Members: Lincoln Goines, Buddy Williams (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: Azar Lawrence (RIP: Nana Vasconcelos)
    • Comments: Recorded in March & April 1980.
  • Ryo - Ryo Kawasaki (1981)

  • Featuring Concierto de Aranjuez - Ryo Kawasaki (1982)

    • Members: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: (RIP: Gil Evans)
    • Comments: Recorded alone by Ryo Kawasaki from September to November 1981.
  • Lucky lady - Ryo Kawasaki (1982)

  • Images - Ryo Kawasaki (1987)

  • My reverie - Ryo Kawasaki (1993)

  • Remixes remixes vol 1 - Ryo Kawasaki featuring Camila Benson (1994)

  • Love within the universe - Ryo Kawasaki (1994)

    • Members: Lincoln Goines (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: (RIP: Prince)
  • Here there and everywhere - Ryo Kawasaki (1995)

  • Sweet life - Ryo Kawasaki (May 1996)

  • Cosmic rhythm - Ryo Kawasaki (May 1999)

    • Members: Lincoln Goines, Victor Jones (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Guests: David Kikoski, Shunzo Ono
    • Comments: Recorded from May to August 1998.
  • Reval - Ryo Kawasaki Trio (July 2001)

  • Agana - Ryo Kawasaki & Yoshio ´Chin´ Suzuki (2007)

    • Members: Yoshio Suzuki (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Comments: Recorded in June 2004.
  • Late night Willie - Ryo Kawasaki & Yoshio ´Chin´ Suzuki (2009)

  • Live in Beirut 2011 - Ryo Kawasaki (September 2011) (LIVE)

    • Members: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Comments: Recorded in different concerts in April 2011.
  • Spain - Ryo Kawasaki (March 2012)

    • Members: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Comments: Recorded alone by Ryo Kawasaki from October 2007 to January 2012.
  • Giant steps - Ryo Kawasaki (July 2019)

    • Members: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Comments: Recorded from October 2007 to January 2012.
  • Live 2017 - Ryo Kawasaki Level 8 (November 2019) (LIVE)

    • Members: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Comments: Recorded live in concerts in February & July 2017.
    Other info on members of Ryo Kawasaki Group (I know up to 30 members)
    To be covered (7):Joanne Brackeen, Lincoln Goines, Victor Jones, Dave Liebman, Brian Melvin, Yoshio Suzuki, Buddy Williams
    Not enough info (22):Fouad Afra, Everalo Brown, Steve Brown, Raun Juurikas, Eno Kollom, Tetsuya Kuwayama, Keith Lambeth, Kaarel Liiv, Tom Mackenzie, Dakota MacLeod, Cecil Monroe, Ilana Morillo, Ray Naccari, Aleksander Paar, Lembit Saarsalu, Arthur Satyan, Toivo Unt, Aivar Vassilijav, Jaanika Ventsel, Vladimir Vossotski, Daoud-David Williams, Masayoshi Yoneda
    Lifetime   
    Other info on members of Lifetime (I know up to 13 members)
    Already covered (1):Allan Holdsworth
    To be covered (9):Juini Booth, Jack Bruce, Ted Dunbar, Webster Lewis, John McLaughlin, Alan Pasqua, Doug Rauch, Tony Williams, Larry Young
    Not enough info (2):Tequila Logan, Tony Newton
    Ushio Sakai Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Jam in Yokota - Ushio Sakai (1973) (LIVE)

    • Members: (RIP: Motohiko Hino, Ryo Kawasaki, Hidehiko Matsumoto)
    • Comments: Double album recorded live in April 1973.
    Other info on members of Ushio Sakai Group (I know up to 7 members)
    Not enough info (6):Teddy Adams, Tetsuo Fushimi, Motohiko Hino, Hidehiko Matsumoto, Ken Muraoka, Ushio Sakai
    Tarika Blue  2 RECORDINGS:
  • The Blue path - Tarika Blue (1976)

  • Tarika Blue - Tarika Blue (1977)

  • 1 COMPILATIONS:
  • ...The very best of - Tarika Blue (2001)

  • Other info on members of Tarika Blue (I know up to 10 members)
    To be covered (1):Justo Almario
    Not enough info (8):Kevin Atkins, Marvin Blackman, Phil Clendeninn, Barry Coleman, Irene Datcher, James Mason, Dolores Smith, Bradie Speller
    Joe Lee Wilson Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • What would it be without you - Joe Lee Wilson & Bond Street (1975)

  • Other info on members of Joe Lee Wilson Group (I know up to 16 members)
    Already covered (1):Joe Lee Wilson
    To be covered (6):Stafford James, Kirk Lightsey, Yoshiaki Masuo, Danny Mixon, Steve Watts, Dave Wickins
    Not enough info (8):Ronnie Boykins, Rod Kelly, Ray McKinley, Bob Ralston, Napoleon Revels, Terry Seabrook, Nigel Thomas, Monty Waters

       4 ALBUMS AS PRODUCER:

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    Camila Benson Group  2 RECORDINGS:
  • Desafinado - songs by Antonio Carlos Jobim II - Camila Benson (1999)

    • Guests: Lincoln Goines, Victor Jones, Yoshio Suzuki
    • Producer: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Comments: Recorded from February to April 1997.
  • Memories - Camila Benson ( - )

  • Other info on members of Camila Benson Group (I know up to 1 members)
    Not enough info (1):Camila Benson
    Carolling Carollers  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Christmas songs - Carolling Carollers (1996)

    • Members: Margaret Dorn (RIP: Maggie Roche)
    • Producer: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    Other info on members of Carolling Carollers (I know up to 7 members)
    To be covered (1):Margaret Dorn
    Not enough info (6):Bonnie Mann, Libby McLaren, Ilana Morillo, Maggie Roche, Suzzy Roche, Terre Roche
    Sam Morrison Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Dune - Sam Morrison (1977)

    • Members: Sam Morrison
    • Guests: Al Foster, Buster Williams
    • Producer: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Technical: (RIP: David Baker)
    • Comments: Recorded in August 1976.
    Other info on members of Sam Morrison Group (I know up to 1 members)
    To be covered (1):Sam Morrison

       2 ALBUMS FOR 1 BANDMATES AND FRIENDS:

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    Joanne Brackeen Group  2 RECORDINGS:
  • Aft - Joanne Brackeen (1978)

    • Members: Joanne Brackeen (RIP: Clint Houston)
    • Guests: (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Comments: Recorded in one day in December 1977.
  • Trinkets and things - Joanne Brackeen & Ryo Kawasaki (1978)

  • Other info on members of Joanne Brackeen Group (I know up to 5 members)
    To be covered (3):Joanne Brackeen, Eddie Gomez, Danny Gottlieb
    Not enough info (2):Clint Houston, Chip Lyles

       1 COLLECTIVE ALBUMS:

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    VVAA  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Sensational jazz ´70 vol 1 2 - VVAA (July 1970)

    • Guests: Terumasa Hino, Shunzo Ono (RIP: Motohiko Hino, Ryo Kawasaki, Masabumi Kikuchi)
    • Comments: 2LP recorded in April 1970, with tracks by Toshiyuki Miyama & The New Herd with Terumasa Hino, Itaru Oki Trio, Terumasa Hino Quintet with George Ohtsuka, Mototeru Takagi Trio, Akira Ishikawa & Count Buffaloes, Shigeo Suzuki Sextet, Jiro Inagaki & Soul Media, Takeshi Inomata & Sound Limited.

       18 SESSIONS (FOR 15 ARTISTS):

    BAND / ARTIST.RECORDINGS
    Ailana  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Ailana - Ailana (1985)

  • Other info on members of Ailana (I know up to 2 members)
    Not enough info (2):Charles Austin, Joe Gallivan
    Gato Barbieri Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Bahia - Gato Barbieri (1982)

    • Members: Frank Colon, Lincoln Goines (RIP: Gato Barbieri)
    • Guests: Warren Bernhardt, David Spinozza, Carole Steele, Buddy Williams (RIP: Joe Beck, Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Producer: (RIP: Teo Macero)
    Other info on members of Gato Barbieri Group (I know up to 37 members)
    Already covered (1):Paul Motian
    To be covered (16):John Abercrombie, Ray Armando, Gato Barbieri, Charles Blenzig, Joe Caro, Ron Carter, Frank Colon, Lincoln Goines, Eddie Gomez, Howard Johnson, Paul Metzke, Bernard Purdie, Chuck Rainey, Lonnie Liston Smith, Mark Soskin, Nana Vasconcelos
    Not enough info (20):Adalberto Cebasco, Domingo Cura, Jean-Francois Fabiano, Frank Ferrucci, Guilherme Franco, Horacio Fumero, Robbie Gonzalez, Startton Howlett, Jorge, Hector Martignon, Eddie Martinez, Raul Mercado, Amadeo Monges, Sonny Morgan, Nana, Quelo Palacios, Portinho, Chico Rindner, Mario Rodriguez, Bill Washer
    John Clark  1 RECORDINGS:
  • I will - John Clark (April 1997)

    • Members: John Clark
    • Guests: Stanton Davis, Bruce Ditmas, Alex Foster, Chris Hunter, Howard Johnson, Peter Levin, Mike Richmond, Bob Stewart, David Taylor (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    Ted Curson Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • I heard Mingus - Ted Curson (1980)

    • Members: (RIP: Ted Curson)
    • Guests: Adam Nussbaum, Mike Richmond (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Comments: Recorded in January 1980.
    Other info on members of Ted Curson Group (I know up to 14 members)
    Already covered (1):Dick Berk
    To be covered (2):Andy LaVerne, Sarah Morrow
    Not enough info (11):Bill Barron, Nick Brignola, Ted Curson, Ricky Ford, David Friesen, Peter Giron, Sam Jacobs, Steve McCall, Tom McClung, Doug Sides, Chris Woods
    Clint Houston Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Inside the plain of the elliptic - Clint Houston (1979)

    • Members: (RIP: Clint Houston)
    • Guests: Joanne Brackeen + Rubens Bassini (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Technical: (RIP: David Baker)
    • Comments: Recorded in April 1979.
    Other info on members of Clint Houston Group (I know up to 1 members)
    Not enough info (1):Clint Houston
    Jiro Inagaki Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Woodstock generation - Jiro Inagaki & The Soul Medium (1970)

  • Other info on members of Jiro Inagaki Group (I know up to 1 members)
    Not enough info (1):Jiro Inagaki
    Teo Macero Group  4 RECORDINGS:
  • Impressions of Charles Mingus - Teo Macero (1983)

    • Members: (RIP: Teo Macero)
    • Guests: Rubens Bassini, Tom Brechtlein, Ron Davis, Bill Evans, Jon Faddis, Alex Foster, Jamie Glaser, Biff Hannon, Will Lee, Dave Liebman, Marcus Miller, Mike Nock, Allan Schwartzberg, Carole Steele, Buddy Williams (RIP: Pepper Adams, Eddie Bert, Don Butterfield, Al Cohn, Larry Coryell, Ted Curson, Jorge Dalto, Mel Davis, Ryo Kawasaki, Lee Konitz, Lew Soloff, John Stubblefield, Dave Valentin, Britt Woodman)
  • Fusion - Teo Macero (1984)

    • Members: (RIP: Teo Macero)
    • Guests: Tony Garnier (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    • Comments: Credited to: Teo Macero conducts The London Philharmonic Orchestra featuring The Lounge Lizards.
  • Acoustical suspension - Teo Macero (1985)

    • Members: (RIP: Teo Macero)
    • Guests: Bill Evans, Alex Foster, Lincoln Goines, Alyrio Lima, Cecil McBee, Mike Nock, Carole Steele, Carlos Ward, Buddy Williams (RIP: Gato Barbieri, Larry Coryell, Jorge Dalto, Lionel Hampton, Ryo Kawasaki, John Stubblefield, Dave Valentin, Mal Waldron)
  • Impressions of Miles Davis - Teo Macero (2001)

    • Members: (RIP: Teo Macero)
    • Guests: Randy Brecker, Ron Carter, Harold Danko, Al Foster, Steve Gadd, Dave Liebman, Ron McClure, Paul Metzke, Alex Sipiagin, Peter Washington (RIP: Larry Coryell, Ryo Kawasaki, Lew Soloff)
    Other info on members of Teo Macero Group (I know up to 2 members)
    To be covered (1):Teo Macero
    Not enough info (1):Bob DeVos
    Keitaro Miho Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Kokezaru kumikyoku (suite) - Keitaro Miho & Jazz Eleven (1971)

  • Hiroki Miyano Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Manhattan skyline - Hiroki Miyano (1981)

    • Guests: Warren Bernhardt, Marcus Miller, Jeff Mironov, Carole Steele, Buddy Williams, George Young (RIP: Jorge Dalto, Ryo Kawasaki, Dave Valentin)
    Other info on members of Hiroki Miyano Group (I know up to 1 members)
    Not enough info (1):Hiroki Miyano
    Mobius  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Mobius - Cedar Walton (1975)

  • Other info on members of Mobius (I know up to 1 members)
    Already covered (1):Cedar Walton
    New Direction  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Guitar work shop - New Direction (February 1970)

    • Members: (RIP: Masayuki Takayanagi)
    • Guests: Yoshiaki Masuo (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    Other info on members of New Direction (I know up to 4 members)
    Not enough info (4):Kanji Harada, Ryouzou Sugiura, Masayuki Takayanagi, Tatsurou Takimoto
    Potter And Tillman  1 RECORDINGS:
  • NY to LA - coasting - Potter And Tillman (1980)

    • Guests: Justo Almario, Russell Blake, Brad Bobo, Adam Rudolph (RIP: Walter Bishop Jr, Ryo Kawasaki)
    Other info on members of Potter And Tillman (I know up to 2 members)
    Not enough info (2):Andrew Scott Potter, David Tillman
    Sapporo  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Sapporo featuring Ryo Kawasaki - Sapporo ( - )

    • Guests: (RIP: Wayne Dockery, Ryo Kawasaki, Mike Lawrence)
    • Comments: CD reissue contains several bonus live tracks from 1982 by Ryo Kawasaki with other musicians (Mike Lawrence, Dave Santora and Bob Gatzen) that didn´t appear in the original album.
    Masahiko Satoh Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • All-in all-out - Masahiko Satoh (1979)

    • Members: Masahiko Satoh
    • Guests: Rubens Bassini, Francisco Centeno, Dave Liebman, Harvey Mason (RIP: Ryo Kawasaki)
    Other info on members of Masahiko Satoh Group (I know up to 4 members)
    To be covered (2):Masahiko Satoh, Masahiko Togashi
    Not enough info (2):Yasuo Arakawa, Hiro Yanagida
    Clive Stevens Group  1 RECORDINGS:
  • Semjase - Clive Stevens (1982)

    • Members: Clive Stevens
    • Guests: Steve Ferrone, Sammy Figueroa, Steve Gaboury, Lincoln Goines, B J Nelson, Fernando Saunders (RIP: Winston Grennan, Ryo Kawasaki)
    Other info on members of Clive Stevens Group (I know up to 1 members)
    To be covered (1):Clive Stevens

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