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date: 31 March 2020

Kondo, Toshinorilocked

  • Kazunori Sugiyama,
  • Barry Kernfeld
  •  and Gary W. Kennedy


(b Imabari, Japan, Dec 15, 1948). Japanese trumpeter and leader. He took up trumpet at the age of 12, when he played in a brass band as well as performing classical music; he also began to listen to Louis Armstrong’s recordings and to Afro-Cuban music. After graduating from Kyoto University he moved in 1972 to Tokyo, and that same year he worked with Yosuke Yamashita’s trio. Leading his own trio, consisting of Takashi Tokuhiro on double bass and Toshiyuki Tsuchitori on drums, he began to play in a style that combined free improvisation with more conventional modern-jazz forms. In 1975, with the addition of the saxophonist Mototeru Takagi and the drummer Yoshisaburo Toyozumi, this became the cooperative group Evolution Ensemble Unity, but soon afterwards, with changes in membership, it settled into a trio comprising Kondo, Takagi, and the double bass player Morio Yoshida; such guest soloists as Motoharu Yoshizawa and Oliver Johnson appeared with the ensemble. Kondo performed and recorded in Japan with Milford Graves in ...

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