Kazumi Watanabe is the indisputable #1 guitarist in Japan, voted Best Guiatrist in Swing Journal magazine a mere 31 years in a row! Although jazz is his preferred modus operandi Watanabe has also collaborated with Japanese legends like Ryuichi Sakamoto, Sadao Watanabe and the Yellow Magic Orchestra, bringing huge success at home and international recognition that led to him playing alongside Steps, the Brecker Brothers, Jaco Pastorius and Bill Bruford.
Originally formed in 1994 as a side-project of Cathedral (Gaz Jennings - guitars, Lee Dorrian - Vocals) with its exact line-up at the time. The project was then shelved up to the announcement of Cathedral breaking up.
Movie themes, along with songs from Broadway, have long been fodder for jazz musicians. This United Artists LP features Jerome Richardson leading his working quintet during a live engagement, though the venue is unidentified. The extended workout of Duke Jordan's "No Problem" (from the film Les Liaisons Dangereuses) showcases Richardson's robust baritone sax and Les Spann on flute, with the leader adding a tag at the end on piccolo. Richardson switches to tenor sax and Spann to guitar for a rather brisk arrangement of "Moon River." "Tonight" (from West Side Story) is a bit unusual in that it features both musicians on flute.
Vocalist Doogie White, the former singer of Ritchie Blackmore's Rainbow and Yngwie Malmsteen, is firmly convinced that "The Stranger Within is a fantastic sounding album with brilliant songs!" Above all Deep Purple fans and Rainbow fans of the Dio-era will be really delighted with this hard rock album consisting of 12 songs lasting 66 minutes – and this album contains everything which enthrals fans of classic hard rock bands: powerful vocals rich in variety as well as brilliant and sometimes spaced-out solos of the guitar and the organ. Classic hardrock at its best!