- Kazunori Sugiyama
(b Tokyo, April 30, 1931; d Tokyo, Sept 12, 1998). Japanese double bass player. A professional musician from 1959, he performed with the alto saxophonist Keiichiro Ebihara, Eiji Kitamura, and Shungo Sawada before joining Yosuke Yamashita’s trio in 1965; in this last year he began to accompany poets, actors, and dancers. In 1968 he formed his own trio, with saxophone (Mototeru Takagi) and drums (Tatsuya Nakamura, replaced by Yoshisaburo Toyozumi), and in the late 1960s to early 1970s he worked with Masahiko Togashi, in whose quartet (alongside Takagi and Masayuki Takayanagi) he recorded in 1969. In 1970 he began to appear as an unaccompanied soloist, though he continued to work as a sideman and leader, playing, for example, with Takayanagi (in whose trio he recorded in that same year) and in a duo or trio with Kaoru Abe (recording in 1975), and appearing as a guest soloist with Toshinori Kondo and others in the cooperative group Evolution Ensemble Unity (...