ARTIST: Masanori Sasaji & L.A. Allstars
acoustic piano : Masanori Sasaji
wood bass : Dave Carpenter
drums : Vinnie Colaiuta
percussion : Alex Acuna
flutes : Sheridan Stokes and Greg Huckins
oboe : John Yoakum, Phil Ayling, Gene Cipriano
clarinet : Gary Foster, Bill Liston
bass clarinet : Jack Nimitz
soprano saxophone : Dan Higgins
tenor saxophones : Ernie Watts and Larry Williams
trumpet: Larry Lunetta, Charlie Davis, Gary Grant, Warren Luening, Jerry Hey, Larry Hall, Wayne Bergeron
fluegelhorn : Gary Grant
trombones : Andy Martin, Bob McChesney, Charlie Loper, Bruce Otto
bass trombone : Bill Reichenbach
electric guitar : Dean Parks
electric bass : Abe Laboriel, Dave Carpenter
alto saxophone : Dan Higgins, Brandon Field
baritone saxophone : Jack Nimitz, Beverly Dahlke
flutes : Sheridan Stokes and Greg Huckins
tuba : Tommy Johnson
vocal : Penny Ford, Richard Page
background vocals : Penny Ford, Kimberly Brewer, Lynn Roderick and Tracy Nelson


Recorded and Mixed at OCEAN WAY RECORDING Studio “B”
Recording & Mixing Engineer : Allen Sides
Assistant Engineers : Greg Burns,Darrell Thorp and Naoto Tanemura
Mastered at Sony Music Shinanomachi Studio,Tokyo.
Mastering Engineer : Koji “C-chan” Suzuki
all songs conducted by JERRY HEY
all songs arranged by MASANORI SASAJI
Co-Producer : Hiroya Tsubaki (SME SACD project)
Recording Coordination (Los Angeles) : Akira Yada (AFP Inc.)


Birdland is a modern take on music Masanori Sasaji grew up with, songs that are immediately familiar to jazz fans as they are to those of popular music. It is a contemporary big band record with deep roots.

Sasaji wrote arrangements for nine songs, most of which had been originally performed by jazz musicians. For this latest recording, Sasaji brought his act and musical ideas to the US. The cast is international, but the results borderless.

He assembled the best L.A. studio musicians for the
proceedings. Yes, they reside in Los Angeles and are first-call musicians, yet calling them the “L.A. Allstars” is an understatement. Sasaji divided his time between the piano bench and the producer’s booth, the two best seats in the house.

Though Birdland is an album of cover songs, Sasaji proves skilled at uncovering overlooked elements in each of the songs he explores.


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