Mr.Hisaaki kanzaki

Saxophonist and composer. Born in Kochi, a prefecture within central Japan. His love for the saxophone began in junior high school, influenced by artists such as Sadao Watanabe, Miles Davis, Sonny Rollins, Art Pepper to name but a few. Upon graduation from University Kanzaki began a group known as “KANZAKI ON THE ROAD” which became the leading force in Japan’s Fusion boom. In 1980 he released a debut album “OPEN MY ROAD” from Nippon Phonogram (Mercury Records). Following that releasing 2 more albums before going to America in 1986 where he participated in various sessions. In 1988, He invites Russ Freeman and Rippingtons, Rickey Minor,David Benoit,David Garfield,Phil Perry,etc.and releases his album ‘KANZAKI’. On returning to Japan he began to indulge in music production, working with many theme tunes for CM and TV. Recently, Michael White (From the George Benson and David Sanborn band) records ‘SO FAR AWAY’ of the Kanzaki composition.It’s then that he is Acredited as a composer when his album title tune hits 9th place in the U.S. Jazz charts (radio&records). Following Kanzaki began establishing international projects such as ‘Asian Soul Brothers’ with best friend Michael Paulo (sax). In 2003 Kanzaki joins forces within Tokyo’s club scene with music producers Keigo Tanaka & Asako Toki to produce compilations as the rockboys & feat.kzsax creating what is known as “buffet style” 2005 brings the sounds of “Otamachi cafe” under Kanzaki’s own production label, The Real Play records. More recently Kanzaki re-releases work initially released in 1988, co-starring work from the string quartet “OZONIC” which is expected to out in 2008. Kanzaki’s prominent and successful past seems to have created a deep passion to work with international artists inside & outside Japan, often acting as special lecturer at Musashino Art University. His Unconventional image and music style continue to grow and Influence others within the music scene.