© Kazuyoshi Shimomura
小曽根真Makoto (* 1961 in Kobe) began playing organ at two, and by seven was an improviser. He appeared on Japanese television with his father from 1968 to 1970. At twelve he switched to piano after being impressed by the albums of Oscar Peterson. In 1980, he entered the Berklee College of Music (USA) and later worked with Gary Burton. He also had his recording debut in 1983 before returning to his native Japan.
Ozone has collaborated with vocalist Kimiko Itoh. They appeared as a duo at the Montreux Jazz Festival, and he produced her album Kimiko, which won the 2000 Swing Journal jazz disk grand prix for Japanese vocalist.
In 2014, he was selected as a soloist of the New York Philharmonic, and performed together in South Korea, Japan, and New York. Since then, he has been invited to the San Francisco Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Ravinia Music Festival (Chicago Symphony).
In 2016, Makoto successfully completed his first national duo tour in Japan with Chick Corea, and in 2017, he held a Japan tour to commemorate Gary Burton's retirement. He is also enthusiastic about composing music for movies, etc., and continues to be active in a wide range of genres with his diverse talents.
Makoto is in charge of visiting professor of Jazz course in Kunitachi College of Music since 2010.
from Wikipedia and his web site
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Universal Music UCCJ-2219
recorded May 2022 in Tokyo/Japan
Kei Ozone, soprano sax, alto sax
Makoto Ozone, piano, Hammond B-3 organ
Kengo Nakamura, bass
Shinnosuke Takahashi, drums
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