Sadao Watanabe moved to Berkeley Music College in 1962, and returned back to Japan in 1965. During his stay there, he established strong friendship with Gary McFarland to be familiar with Brazilian music, and was much impressed in Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’65.
(To be frank at first he felt it was too soft…. however later it became very calm and natural. It is really of his character!!)
After he returned back to japan, energetically he tried to introduce Brazilian music and made several albums. One of the culmination is “SADAO MEETS BRAZILIAN FRIENDS” (1968)
Sadao Watanabe (as), Brazilian 8: Jose Ferreira(as), Godinho Filho(as), Carlos Alberto Alcantara(ts), Waldir De Barros(tp), Aparecido Bianchi(org, p), Joao Carlos Pegorro(vib, p), Olmir Seocaer(g), Douglas De oliveira(ds), Mathias Da Silva Matos(b)
It was recorded in Sao Paulo on Jul.15,1968 for his first visit to Brasil !!
After that as well, several concerts were held. One of the important one is LIVE UNDER THE SKY ’79, Brazilian Night.
Top player was Elis Regina who visited to Japan for the first time (then unfortunately the last).
Sadao joined there as special guest.
Also, he made a performance with HERMETO PASCOAL、CHINO BATERA、Hélio Delmiro、ITIBERE LUIS ZWARG、REALCINO LIMA FIHO.
In 1988, Sadao released “ELIS”, simply dedicated to Elis Regina. Beautiful !!
Recorded in Rio De Janeiro in Feb. 1988.
Then, at the similar timing in Jan.-Feb.1988, recorded “MADE IN CORACAO TOQUINHO” in Sao Paulo.
SADAO WATANABE (as),TOQUINHO(vo,g),AMILSON GODOY(key),PAPETI(per),IVANI SABINO(b), WILLIAM BATTO(ds), EDSON JOSE ALVES(g)
Oh really overflowing love to Brasil !!