Masaru Imada

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Masaru Imada
Birth nameMasaru Imada(今田勝,Imada Masaru)
Born (1932-03-21) 21 March 1932 (age 87)
Tokyo, Japan
Genres Jazz
Occupation(s)Musician, composer

Masaru Imada(今田勝,Imada Masaru, born 21 March 1932) is a Japanese jazz pianist and composer.

Jazz is a music genre that originated in the African-American communities of New Orleans, United States. It originated in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, and developed from roots in blues and ragtime. Jazz is seen by many as "America's classical music". Since the 1920s Jazz Age, jazz has become recognized as a major form of musical expression. It then emerged in the form of independent traditional and popular musical styles, all linked by the common bonds of African-American and European-American musical parentage with a performance orientation. Jazz is characterized by swing and blue notes, call and response vocals, polyrhythms and improvisation. Jazz has roots in West African cultural and musical expression, and in African-American music traditions including blues and ragtime, as well as European military band music. Intellectuals around the world have hailed jazz as "one of America's original art forms".


Life and career

Imada was born in Tokyo on 21 March 1932. [1] He had classical piano lessons. [1] He played jazz in student bands while a student at Meiji University, after which he worked in business for a year. [1] He then decided to pursue music professionally. [1] From 1953 he was part of clarinetist Eiji Kitamura's band. [1]

Meiji University private university in Tokyo, Japan

Meiji University is a private university with campuses in Tokyo and Kawasaki, founded in 1881 by three Meiji-era lawyers, Kishimoto Tatsuo, Miyagi Kōzō, and Yashiro Misao. It is one of the largest and most prestigious Japanese universities in Tokyo according to major college-preparatory schools in Japan.

Eiji Kitamura Japanese: 北村 英治 is a Japanese jazz clarinetist originally from Tokyo who made his debut at the age of 22. Kitamura devoted himself to clarinet playing while still an undergraduate at Keio University in Tokyo. He first came to prominence in the U.S. at the 20th Anniversary Jam Session of the Monterey Jazz Festival in 1977. His following in Japan was built previous to this on his regular television program. He prefers to interpret traditional jazz over modern jazz.

Imada had his own trio from 1964. [1] He formed Now'in, a fusion band, in 1984. [1] He played internationally at jazz festivals from the 1970s. [1]


An asterisk (*) after the year indicates that it is the year of release.

As leader/co-leader

Year recordedTitleLabelNotes
1970*MakiQuartet, with tenor sax, bass, drums
1970*Now! Three Blind Mice Quartet, with tenor sax, bass, drums
1973PoppyThree Blind MiceSome tracks solo piano; some tracks trio, with Isao Fukui (bass), Masahiko Ozu (drums)
1975Green CaterpillarThree Blind MiceQuintet, with Kazumi Watanabe (guitar), Isao Fukui (bass), Tetsujiro Obara (drums), Yuji Imamura (percussion)
1976Masaru Imada PianoThree Blind MiceSolo piano
1977Alone TogetherThree Blind MiceDuo, with George Mraz (bass)
1980Andalusian BreezeTrioWith Kazumi Watanabe (guitar), Mitsuaki Furuno (bass), Shinji Mori (drums), Yuji Imamura (percussion)
1981CarnivalTrioWith Michael Brecker (tenor sax), Randy Brecker (flugelhorn), Kiyoshi Sugimoto (guitar), Akira Okazawa (bass), Yuichi Tokashiki (drums), Yuji Imamura (percussion)
1982*SeasideWith Grover Washington, Jr. (tenor sax, alto sax, soprano sax, flute), Tom Brown (trumpet), Steve Kahn (guitar), Anthony Jackson (bass), Steve Jordan (drums), Manolo Badrena (percussion)
1986*Strange ConversationPolydorQuartet, with keyboard, bass, drums
2002*StandardsThree Blind Mice

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