- Yozo Iwanami
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(b Tokyo, Feb 26, 1942). Japanese pianist. He worked professionally from the age of 17, attended the Kunitachi College of Music in Tokyo (1962–7), and was a member of quartets led by Masahiko Togashi and Sadao Watanabe. His early style, which owed something to the work of Bill Evans (ii), gave way to one considerably more adventurous around 1969, and he played free jazz as the leader of groups that included the tenor saxophonist Kazunori Takeda, the tenor and soprano saxophonist Seiichi Nakamura, and Akira Sakata. From 1974 he worked principally in Europe, and he recorded in Germany as the leader of a trio (1974–6), as a sideman with Manfred Schoof (1975), as an unaccompanied soloist (1975–6), and in a duo with Adelhard Roidinger (1977); he also appeared at festivals in Germany and Yugoslavia and at the Newport Jazz Festival in New York. From ...