Wataru feat 1

The jazz blog that’s consumed my life for almost two years thus far has gotten me some fascinating opportunities and made for some amazing connections. The latest of these is a request from a Brooklyn-based sax musician to write the liner notes for his upcoming album.

There was no hesitation in my response.

Wataru Uchida is a tenor sax player. He leads a stunning and tight ensemble (bass player, pianist and drummer) that will soon be releasing a new album whose name and cover art have not yet been publicly unveiled (sorry but I’m sitting on that secret for now).

Pressing vinyl, he tells me, is an incredible journey, a learning moment that will surely stretch him as a musician and technician. Those nice square album covers? The perfect canvas for words on jazz, eschewing the microscopic font you find on CD inserts.

How Wataru’s chance discovery of my blog led the melodic, soulful musician to me is one of the mysteries of my universe but one for which I am immediately grateful.

I promise an update and sneak peek as soon as possible.

For more information, visit www.wataruuchida.com.

Photos courtesy of and with permission of Wataru Uchida. Top photo (c) Alexis Holloway.
(c) Debbie Burke 2018

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