Kazumi Watanabe

Kazumi Watanabe is a Japanese guitarist. He was born on October 14, 1953 in Tokyo, Japan.
Watanabe learned guitar at the age of 12 from Sadanori Nakamure at the Yamaha Music School in Tokyo. He released his first album in 1971. In 1979, he formed a jazz rock band with some of Japan's leading studio musicians, and recorded the album Kylyn. During that year, he toured with the pop band Yellow Magic Orchestra.
In the 1980s, he toured as guest soloist with Steps, the Brecker Brothers, and Word of Mouth, led by Jaco Pastorius. Watanabe created the jazz-rock/jazz-fusion band Mobo in 1983 with Mitsuru Sawamura, Ichiko Hashimoto, Gregg Lee, Shuichi Murakami, and Kiyohiko Senba.
During the eighties Watanabe released the jazz-rock albums To Chi Ka, Mobo Club Mobo Splash, and Spice of Life. A DVD was issued from the tour which featured drummer Bill Bruford and bassist Jeff Berlin, who also played on the record.
In the 1990s Kazumi assembled an all-Japanese line-up called Resonance Vox. This band has released several adventurous fusion albums.

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