Sadao Watanabe is one of a Japanese jazz musician who loves Brazilian music so much.
There are so many his leader album related in Brazil music.
Bossa Nova ’67 (1967)
Sadao Meets Brazilian Friends (1968)
Then, one of the remarkable;
with Cesar Camargo Mariano (key), Nico Assumpcao (b), Paulo Braga (ds), Heitor Texeira Pereira (g), Papeti (perc.) and Toquinho (g, vo)
following is with strings version, SUPREME, BEAUTIFUL and WARM HEART !!
In all tunes, we can feel his plenty of love to Brazilian music, and in ELIS, love to ELIS REGINA of course. It is said that in Elis Regina concert in 1979 at Live Under The Sky, he made a sudden join in playing !!!
Also, one more remarkable point is that he got an ORDER DE RIO BRANCO in 2015 !!
As for jazz related musicians, so far, only Ryuichi Sakamoto (2002) and Risa Ono (2013).