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Teruo Nakamura (musician)

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Teruo Nakamura (中村 照夫, Nakamura Teruo, born 3 March 3, 1942) is a Japanese jazz bassist and record producer.

Early life[edit]

Nakamura was born in Tokyo on 3 March 1942.[1] Everyone in his immediate family were artists.[2] He studied at Nihon University before moving to New York in 1964.[1] He studied there with Reggie Workman.[1]

Later life and career[edit]

Nakamura in 1969 joined drummer Roy Haynes's ensemble; that same year he also formed a band with Steve Grossman and Lenny White, who both went on to play on his debut as a leader, 1973's Unicorn.[3] Nakamura played both acoustic and electric bass on the album, which was recorded in 1973 and released by Three Blind Mice.[3]

Nakamura formed the Rising Sun band in the mid-1970s.[1] In 1977 this contained saxophonist Bob Mintzer, guitarist Shiro Mori, with Mark Gray on synthesizer, Art Gore on drums and Nobu Urushiyama on percussion.[2] "Nakamura worked principally as a record producer in the 1980s and 1990s."[1]


As leader[edit]

  • Unicorn (Three Blind Mice, 1973)
  • Rising Sun (Polydor, 1976)
  • Manhattan Special (Polydor, 1977)
  • Songs of the Birds (Kitty, 1977)
  • Big Apple (Agharta, 1979)
  • Teruo Nakamura & Rising Sun Band at Carnegie Hall (Agharta, 1979)
  • Route 80 (Agharta, 1980)
  • Super Friends (Eastworld, 1985)
  • Wind Smile (Pony Canyon, 1990)
  • Red Shoes (Avex, 2001)

As sideman[edit]

With Roy Haynes

With Tsuyoshi Yamamoto

  • P.S. I Love You (Toshiba EMI, 1980)

Main source:[1]


  1. ^ a b c d e f Iwanami, Yozo (2003), "Nakamura, Teruo", Oxford Music Online, Grove Music Online. Oxford Music Online. Oxford University Press, doi:10.1093/gmo/9781561592630.article.J321000
  2. ^ a b Wilson, John S. (31 December 1977). "Jazz: Teruo Nakamura's Sextet". The New York Times.
  3. ^ a b Jurek, Thom. "Teruo Nakamura: Unicorn". AllMusic. Retrieved 2 December 2018.