Kikuchi, Masabumi [Poo(-sun)]
- Yozo Iwanami
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(b Tokyo, March 23, 1940; d Manhasset, NY, July 6, 2015). Japanese pianist, composer, and leader. He learned solfeggio from the age of five, took piano lessons from the age of seven, studied composition when he was 13, and attended the high school attached to the Tokyo University of Fine Arts and Music. In 1958 he worked with the tenor saxophonist Takatoshi Oya and the Highway Sons and with a quartet led by Shungo Sawada; his early style as a pianist and composer was influenced by Thelonious Monk. In 1961 he became a member, with Masayuki Takayanagi, Masahiko Togashi, and Hideto Kanai, of the quartet Jazz Academy and worked with Lionel Hampton. He became active as a leader in 1965, played with Sadao Watanabe in 1965–6, and in 1967, with Terumasa Hino, formed a quintet of which the two became joint leaders. Kikuchi left this group the following year and recorded with Charlie Mariano in Tokyo, toured Japan with Sonny Rollins, and then went to the USA to study at the Berklee School of Music. He played with Charles Mingus in ...