While many of his recordings in the previous decades were highly produced studio sessions, that reunion album is one of a trio of live recordings Sadao has released in Japan recently emphasizing his sax playing rather than production values, his return to "basics." One of them, a double-CD, Basie's at Night, features the working band he'll be bringing to the Blue Note this month.
Toshiko AkiyoshiThe Historic Mocambo Session '54 (Rockwell, 1954)
Sadao WatanabeDedicated to Charlie Parker (Denon, 1969)
Sadao WatanabeRound Trip (Vanguard, 1974)
Sadao Watanabe/Great Jazz TrioI'm Old Fashioned (Inner City-East Wind, 1976)
Galaxy All-StarsLive Under the Sky (In Tokyo) (Galaxy, 1978)
Sadao WatanabeParker's Mood (Elektra-Warner, 1985)