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Yoshiaki Masuo Website

This is the official fan website for Yoshiaki Masuo, a Japanese-born New York-based great jazz guitarist, composer, arranger and producer.

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Since Oct, 1999

Appearances of Yoshiaki Masuo: 
* On some Tuesdays with drummer Yuichi Hirakawa, who is a Tuesday evening regular at Arthur's Tavern in New York, except when Masuo is touring away from New York (in Japan every spring and autumn recently).

-- Recent Photos

There are photos of Masuo in Japanese report pages, as well as Facebook Yoshiaki Masuo page and Yoshiaki Masuo's band (MAGATAMA) page.

-- Spring and Autumn Tours in Japan

Masuo comes to Japan every spring and autumn in recent years and stays for about three months to perform quite a number of shows at various venus. He formed his own band in Japan in 2012, called "Power Spot", to play his original tunes. In 2016, with a new band name MAGATAMA and a major member change, his band makes its debut on Oct. 12, 2016 at PIT INN in Shinjuku, Tokyo. Masuo also plays in various different coonfigurations with various musicians.
Japan tour dates information is basically available on the Japanese-language News page of this site. But if you want information in English, please contact website administrator Kaco.

-- Single track release One Word (words and music by Yoshiaki Masuo) Only available until End of May, 2012

Digitally released for aid to Japan's earthquake and tsunami-hit areas. Twenty six musicians took part in its recording sessions. View the slide show of recording session photos with short sound clips on YouTube. Available only at the One Word download store on this site.Purchase MP3 for $3.00 or WMP/Apple lossless for $6.00. All profits from this tune will be donated.

-- CD Around The World by Yoshio Chin Suzuki and Yoshiaki Masuo

Around The World Released on June 22, 2011 in Japan by One Label (55 records). The album contains some original songs written by Yoshiaki Masuo. Go to the Sound Clips page on the Chin Suzuki's website.

-- Masuo's second album 24 (Twenty Four), recorded in 1970 is now back in print on CD! (released May 25, 2011)

24 Yoshiaki Masuo

-- Masuo's New Album I'm Glad There Is You Now Available!  (written: Sep 2009)

This is a duo album recorded with pianist Bill Mays. Read a note written by Masuo about this album on the Sunshine Ave. Label website.

-- Masuo's Six Albums on the Electric Bird jazz-fusion label including The Song Is You And Me and Sunshine Avenue RE-ISSUED by KING Records in Japan on Aug 5, 2009.  (written: May 2009)

These are limited-copy editions on SHM-CD (Super High Material CD. playable on ordinary CD players) in paperboard sleeves. 2800 yen each. An online CD store HMV Japan offers English pages and international shipping. See Masuo's CDs on HMV Japan siteicon. Here is the list of titles and their CD code.

- Sailing Wonder KICJ92301 buy on HMV icon (lower-priced edition KICJ2201 also availableicon)
- Sunshine Avenue KICJ92302 buy on HMV icon
- Good Morning KICJ92303 buy on HMVicon
- Masuo Live KICJ92304 buy on HMV icon
- The Song Is You And Me KICJ92305  buy on HMV icon
- Finger Dancing KICJ92306  buy on HMV icon
If you love the above albums, you may also like Life is Good, which has a few straight-ahead jazz tracks but very relaxing as a whole.  

# Masuo As a Sideman on one of archived videos of 'SOUL!' (70's TV Show) : October 11, 1972  "A Night with Ashford and Simpson at Club Soul!" (written: Feb, 2009)

Accompanying the duo are guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo, bass player Francisco Centeno, drummer Charles Collins, percussionist Ralph McDonald, keyboardist Nat Adderley Jr., and so on. Masuo is shown in close-up for a moment in the 26th minute (in chapter 8), 33rd minute (chapter 9), and 35th minute (chapter 10).


# The Studio closes at end of Jan, 2008 (written: Jan 17, 2008)

The Studio, a recording studio in New York run by Masuo, closes its door at the end of January 2008 after over 20 years of operation. Located in the Soho area where upscale boutiques and restaurants line the streets, it has been used by producers and musicians not only in the United States but also from many other countries in the world including Masuo's home country Japan, other Asian countries, and European countries. Because the ownership of the building that houses The Studio has changed recently, Masuo has no choice but to move out of the building by the end of the current lease term, even though the studio is still in strong demand. The instruments and equipment will be moved into Masuo's new private studio, which is now under construction in the countryside of Pennsylvania.
With his Sunshine Ave label about to take off, his new period of life starts. He will likely be able to focus more on the activity as a guitarist. (See photos of Masuo's studio in NYC

I'm Glad There Is You
Yoshiaki Masuo and Bill Mays

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Go to the Sunshine Ave. Label's website to
hear sound clips of and/or purchase the album.

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Life is Good -- Yoshiaki Masuo
featuring Larry Goldings and Lenny White

(recorded with many more musicians)
There is a review on Life is Good on the Smooth Jass site.

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Go to Sunshine Ave Label's website (masuomusic.com)
to hear sound clips and/or  buy  Life is Good.

CD Price: $15 plus shipping cost ($3 per order per shipping address within the U.S ; $5 per disc outside of the U.S.)

Personnel: Yoshiaki Masuo (g, vo, keyb, perc), Shirley Masuo (vo, perc), Larry Goldings (org), Bill Mays (piano), Mark Soskin (keyb), Ted Nash (flutes), Marcus Printup (flh), T.M. Stevens (electric b), Yoshio "Chin" Suzuki (b), Nori Naraoka (b), Kip Reed (electric b), Lenny White (ds), Tony Cintron, Jr. (ds), Nathaniel Townsley (ds), Kazuo Yoshida (ds, perc), and others

Read "About the Album (Life is Good)" written by Y. Masuo.

"Life is Good" is currently available on the Sunshine Ave. Label website and CDBaby. It is not available on Amazon (as of Aug. 2009). You can also purchase it at any venue where Masuo is performing on that day. 

-->See Masuo's albums on Amazon.com (U.S.A)
--> See Masuo's albums on HMV Japan siteicon (English pages and international shipping from HMV available.)  

This site, endorsed by guitarist Yoshiaki Masuo and his management, is designed, edited, and maintained by a devoted fan of Masuo.
Webmaster: Kaco (Tokyo, Japan)
Please use the following URLs for links to this site:
This English front page (http://www.ymasuo.com/eng/), or
The site entrance page (http://www.ymasuo.com/) .
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