SADAO WATANABE AND CHARLIE MARIANO - IBERIAN WALTZ
Sadao and Charlie for Tact Japan from 1967. Sadao Watanabe (as) , Charlie Mariano (as) , Masabumi Kikuchi (p) , Masanaga Harada (b) , Masahiko Togashi (ds) , Fumio Watanabe (ds) This received a “Japan Jazz Award” on release. Some severe blowing on this double alto led sextet featuring a young band of soon to be Japanese jazz luminaries. The fast and furious "Palisades" was comped on the Sleepwalker Shibuya Jazz Classics.However the 16 minute title cut is the stand out tune an intense modal waltz with a Spanish tinge featuring coruscating solos from Mariano and Watanabe - hard core stuff. Recommended.