Donald's Encyclopedia of Popular Music
(b 26 Feb. '42, Tokyo, Japan) Piano, composer. Professional since seventeen, intially influenced by Bill Evans, but later by free players such as Cecil Taylor, both, intriguingly, still audible in his own style. He ran two bands (like Keith Jarrett), one in Japan, the other a stellar US trio with Cecil McBee and Pheeroan akLaff: the latter has made excellent albums, Sakura '90 and (with Joe Lovano) Kurdish Dance '92 and Dazzling Days '93 (on Verve in the UK, the first two on Antilles in USA). A Tribute To Mal Waldron '80 is on Enja, It Don't Mean A Thing on the Japanese DIW label.