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date: 04 April 2020

Yagi, Masao locked

  • Yozo Iwanami
  • , revised by Kazunori Sugiyama


(b Tokyo, Nov 14, 1932). Japanese pianist, composer, and arranger. He began his career performing Hawaiian music on steel guitar, and then, while still in high school, played jazz piano with the Ichiban Octet, led by the tenor saxophonist Shin Matsumoto. In 1956 he joined the Cozy Quartet when Toshiko Akiyoshi left the band and Sadao Watanabe took over its leadership. In 1959 he formed his own group, which the following year recorded music by Thelonious Monk, in whose work he had taken a keen interest. He recorded with Charlie Mariano and Hidehiko Matsumoto (1964) and then began working as a composer and arranger; he also recorded with Helen Merrill (1969). Later he led a jazz-rock ensemble, continued to lead a bop group, and recorded as a leader (1976). Yagi’s best-known composition is Oniwa soto, fukuwa uchi (Demons go away, happiness come in); his others include ...

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