In 1970 he went to New York at the encouragement of Art Blakey and joined his legendary group JAZZ MESSENGERS. During this time, he worked and recorded with Thelonious Monk, Charles Mingus, Ella Fitzgerald, Wynton Kelly, Bobby Timmons, Jim Hall, Ron Carter, and others. After his return to Japan, Suzuki contributed to the development of many young musicians and enlisting them as members of his band 'OMA SOUND,' which has kept his sound on the cutting-edge of progressive jazz. On his solo album "Self-Portrait" (1980), Suzuki played 20 or more instruments, sealing his unique standing in the Japanese jazz scene. Now, with more than50 albums released, including several winners of the prestigious Japan Jazz Prize award, Suzuki's reputation as a unique leader of jazz in Japan has been secured. Read more on Last.fm.
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