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T-Square
Also known as "The Square"
(1978 - 1988)
"T-Square"
(1988 - 2001, 2002-2007, 2009-Current)
"T-Square Plus"
(2001 - 2002)
"T-Square Super Band"
(2008)
"T-Square Super Special Band"
(Mid-to-Late 2008 - Early 2009)
Origin 1978
Genres Jazz fusion
Jazz
Instrumental Pop
Smooth Jazz
Years active 1978 - Present
Labels Columbia Records (US)[1]
Associated acts Masato Honda,Hirotaka Izumi,Hiroyuki Noritake,Mitsuru Sutoh, Casiopea
Website http://www.tsquare.jp/
Members
Masahiro Andoh (Guitar)
Takeshi Itoh (Sax, EWI)
Keizoh Kawano (Keyboard)
Satoshi Bandoh(Drums)
Shingo Tanaka (Bass/Support Member)
Former members
Shiro Sagisu
Miyagi Junko
Yuhji Nakamura
Yuhji Mikuriya
Michael S. Kawai
Kiyohiko Semba
Jun Aoyama (drummer)
Eiji Shimizu
Daisaku Kume
Toyoyuki Tanaka
Tohru Hasebe
Hiroyuki Noritake
Mitsuru Sutoh
Hirotaka Izumi
Masato Honda
Takahiro Miyazaki
Keiji Matsumoto
Tadashi Namba

T-Square is a Japanese jazz fusion band that was formed in 1978. Its most successful lineup included guitarist Masahiro Andoh, bassist Mitsuru Sutoh, saxophonist, flutist and EWI player Takeshi Itoh, keyboardist Hirotaka Izumi, and drummer Hiroyuki Noritake. They are known for songs such as Truth, Japanese Soul Brothers, Takarajima, and Omens of Love among others. Truth was used as the theme for Japan's Formula One (F1) racing events from 1989 to 2000. Its successor, Truth 21c was used as the theme for Japan's F1 2001 and 2002, respectively, and other remixes of Truth were used from 2003 to 2006. The group is set to have a Concert Tour sometime in 2010.

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History

The band was originally named "The Square" since 1978, but changed its name to "T-Square" ten years later, when it had its first tour and album release in the United States. In 1990, Masato Honda debuted with T-Square, as a Backing Saxophonist on the album, T-Square Live (featuring F1 Grand Prix Theme). In 1991, T-Square's original Saxophonist, Takeshi Itoh, was replaced by Masato Honda, former Background musician and composer of the opening track from T-Square's "New-S" Album (released in 1991), "Megalith". Honda carried Takeshi's Sax/EWI duties until 1998, when he left the group to pursue his solo career. Takahiro Miyazaki would replace him on Saxophone/EWI duties. The group and all former members played at Yaon de Asobu for their 20th Anniversary that same year. This is one of the last T-Square performances in which Masato Honda was involved (unlike Miyazaki and Itoh, Masato Honda didn't show up to the next 2 anniversary concerts). In 2000, the band was split up in between "T-Square" (Guitarist Masahiro Andoh, returning Saxophonist, Takeshi Itoh, and Random Session Musicians) and "Trio The Square" (Bassist Mitsuru Sutoh, Drummer Hiroyuki Noritake and Keyboardist Keiji Matumoto. This trio is the whole reason for why T-Square had to use Random Session Musicians to record with). T-Square changed its name again, to T-Square Plus, then dropped the "Plus" from their name, but kept using Session Musicians until 2003, when they released "Spirits" and retained most of their original members (partly due to T-Square having its 25th Anniversary on that year). Since then, the Group hasn't had any more Name Changes, until 2008, when they changed their name to "T-Square Super Band", to promote their 30th Anniversary Tour, and the fact that most former T-Square Members were involved in recording their new album called "Wonderful Days". Adding more former members in Late 2008 (after the end of their "Wonderful Days" Tour), the group changed its name to T-Square Super Special Band and played on Yaon de Asobu for their 30th Anniversary Show. This video is released as "The Square~T-Square since 1978: 30th Anniversary Festival". With the release of their 2009 Album, "Discoveries" not too far off from the release of the aforementioned DVD, the group dropped "Super Special Band" from their name.

Offshoot Bands

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anmi2

This is an acoustic-guitar Duo, with members Masahiro Andoh and Yuhji Mikuriya.

Ottottrio

In 1987, T-Square's Guitarist Masahiro Andoh, and T-Square's Drummer Hiroyuki Noritake, had met Issei Noro (guitarist of Casiopea) and current KORENOS guitarist Hirokuni Korekata, and created a Supergroup called Ottottrio, and added in keyboardists Chizuko Yoshihiro and Shotoku Sasaji, and Bassist Chiharu Mikuzuki to make the band whole. The group released 2 Live Albums in 1988. A year later, Ottottrio performed on "The Super Fusion", with all members of T-Square and Casiopea, respectively, as well as a few members of Ottottrio's aforementioned backing band. A few of the members of the bands previously mentioned, worked with the 3 Guitarists of Ottottrio to record the Supergroup's First and only Studio album in 1998, called "Triptytch".

Other Associations with Casiopea

In 1993, Casiopea's album, Dramatic, featured former T-Square Percussionist Kiyohiko Senba on the track, "Shocking Function", written by (at the time) Casiopea's drummer, Noriaki Kumagai.

A year later, T-Square and Casiopea appeared together in 1994, on a Japanese TV Broadcast, playing The Beatles' "Get Back".

The same groups, T-Square and Casiopea, as well as Jimsaku (which, as the name implies, included Akira Jimbo, who returned to Casiopea in 1997, and former Bassist, Tetsuo Sakurai. Jimbo and Sakurai) played at a festival called Tokyo Jazz Jam 1997 (sponsored by AKAI, manufacturers of the EWI, which, at the time, was, and is still, used by T-Square's Saxophonists).

Almost a Decade after, Noro and Jimbo appeared in T-Square's 2003 album "T Comes Back". T-Square and Casiopea also played together, and had a DVD and CD called "Casiopea vs. T-Square" which was released in 2004 (and reissued as Blu-ray in 2009), but recorded while "T Comes Back" was still in process.

Synchronized DNA

2 years after "Casiopea vs. T-Square", both drummers from both groups (Akira Jimbo, who was a member of Casiopea from 1980 to 1990, but returned in 1997, and Hiroyuki Noritake, who was T-Square's drummer since 1986 and left in 2004), had a Drum Duo called "Synchronized DNA", who also played a concert with Casiopea, released as a CD called "Signal" and a Blu-ray and DVD called "Casiopea + Sync DNA: 5 Stars Live".

Trio The Square

This trio was established in Mid-to Late-2000, and this trio is the reason why T-Square started using Session Musicians from 2000 to 2003. The trio Featured the 1999 T-Square Rhythm Section Members: Mitsuru Sutoh on Bass, Hiroyuki Noritake on Drums and Keiji Matsumoto on piano, who played as Trio The Square. The Group wasn't as successful as the Original "T-Square" and as a result, was short-lived.

999.9

One year after T-Square's 20th Anniversary, All 3 Saxophonists of T-Square (Takeshi Itoh, Masato Honda and Takahiro Miyazaki) released a Cover/Arrangement album called "999.9" on December 18, 1999.

T-Square Super Band

This is T-Square on Early to Mid-2008. This group includes 2 Of almost every musician of T-Square (except Yuhji Mikuriya is not in this version of the band, so Masahiro Andoh's Guitarist Role isn't Doubled.)

Line-up:

  • Takeshi Itoh (Alto Sax)
  • Takahiro Miyazaki (Alto Sax)
  • Keizoh Kawano (Keyboards)
  • Hirotaka Izumi (Piano)
  • Toyoyuki Tanaka (Bass)
  • Mitsuru Sutoh (Bass)
  • Satoshi Bandoh (Drums)
  • Hiroyuki Noritake (Drums)
  • Masahiro Andoh (Guitars)

T-Square Super Special Band

Although the idea of T-Square being stretched out to be as big a band as possible was first applied on July 25, 1998, This extension of the group was still referred to as T-Square from 1998 to 2008. In 2008, The Large group was finally given the official name of "T-Square Super Special Band", not to be confused with "T-Square Super Band".

1998 (20th Anniversary) Line-Up:

  • Takahiro Miyazaki (Lead Alto Sax)
  • Masato Honda (Alto Sax)
  • Takeshi Itoh (Alto Sax)
  • Toyoyuki Tanaka (Bass)
  • Mitsuru Sutoh (Bass)
  • Hiroyuki Noritake (Drums)
  • Michael S. Kawai (Drums)
  • Hasebe Tohru (Drums)
  • Kiyohiko Senba (Percussion)
  • Masahiro Andoh (Guitars)
  • Yuhji Mikuriya (Guitars)
  • Daisaku Kume (Keyboards)
  • Tadashi Namba (Keyboards)
  • Miyagi Junko (Piano)
  • Hirotaka Izumi (Piano)

2003 (25th Anniversary) Line-Up:

  • Masahiro Andoh (guitar)
  • Takeshi Itoh (sax)
  • Hirotaka Izumi (piano)
  • Hiroyuki Noritake (drums)
  • Mitsuru Sutoh (bass)
  • Keizoh Kawano (keyboards)
  • Toyoyuki Tanaka (bass)
  • Michael S. Kawai (drums)
  • Kiyohiko Senba (percussion)
  • Takahiro Miyazaki (sax)
  • Osamu Ueishi (trumpet)
  • Masaaki Ikeda (trombone)
  • Hirokuni Korekata (guitar)
    • Unlike the previously mentioned musicians, Hirokuni Korekata is not, nor has ever been, a T-Square Member. However, he has played as a member of "Ottottrio" with Masahiro Andoh and Issei Noro, so he is considered an ally to Mr. Andoh.
    • Korekata only played the song "Texas Kid" with this group during the 25th Anniversary.
  • Kathaline (last name unknown, Vocals)
    • Not much is known about this performer, but she sang "It's Magic" with T-Square in this particular concert.

2008 (30th Anniversary Line-Up):

  • Takeshi Itoh (Alto Sax)
  • Takahiro Miyazaki (Alto Sax)
  • Keizoh Kawano (Keyboards)
  • Hirotaka Izumi (Piano)
  • Miyagi Junko (Piano)
  • Toyoyuki Tanaka (Bass)
  • Mitsuru Sutoh (Bass)
  • Yuhji Nakamura (Bass, Ukelele)
  • Satoshi Bandoh (Drums)
  • Hiroyuki Noritake (Drums)
  • Hasebe Tohru (Drums)
  • Michael S. Kawai (Drums and Percussion)
  • Kiyohiko Senba (Drums and Percussion)
  • Masahiro Andoh (Guitars)
  • Yuhji Mikuriya (Guitars)

Discography

Studio Albums

  • Lucky Summer Lady (1978) (as The Square)
  • Midnight Lover (1978)
    • Guitarist Yuhji Mikuriya leaves the Band.
  • Make Me a Star (1979)
    • The first album in which Saxophonist Takeshi Itoh used a Lyricon.
  • Rockoon (1980)
    • At this point, T-Square begins to abandon their 1970s-Disco-type sound for a more modern Rock style.
    • Pianist Miyagi Junko is replaced by Daisaku Kume.
  • Drummer Michael Kawai is replaced by Jun Aoyama.
  • Magic (1981)
    • Bassist Yuhji Nakamura is replaced by Toyoyuki Tanaka.
    • Drummer Jun Aoyama is replaced by Eiji Shimizu.
  • Temptation of Legs (1982)
    • Keyboardist Shiro Sagisu leaves the Band.
    • Pianist Daisaku Kume leaves the Band.
    • Both are replaced by Hirotaka Izumi.
    • Drummer Eiji Shimizu is replaced by Tohru Hasebe.
  • The Water of the Rainbow (1983)
    • Both "Temptation of Legs" and "The Water of the Rainbow" were marketed under their native Japanese Names.
    • On the song "Hank and Cliff" (released on "The water of the Rainbow"), The Square joined forces with Ichiro Nitta and former Brass Section, "Spectrum", who also guest-performed with Casiopea on their 1988 World Tour, which had been recorded and released as an album.
  • Adventures (1984)
  • Concert Live Adventures (1984)
    • T-Square's first Live Album.
  • Stars and the Moon (1984)
  • RESORT (1985)
  • The Square: Live (1985)
    • The first CD to include "Japanese Soul Brothers", a song that was going to be on T-Square's "Adventures" Album, but Masahiro Andoh had no time to finish writing the song until the release of "Adventures".
  • SPORTS (1986)
    • Drummer Tohru Hasebe is replaced by Hiroyuki Noritake.
  • Truth (1987)
    • The last album in which Saxophonist Takeshi Itoh used a Lyricon. The Lyricon was replaced by the Yamaha WX-7 in Live Performances, in between the release of "Truth" and "Yes, No".
    • Bassist Toyoyuki Tanaka is replaced by Mitsuru Sutoh.
    • The song from which this album gets its name from, "Truth" (released 1987), and its' Various Remixes, such as Truth 1991 (with Masato Honda instead of Takeshi Itoh), Truth 21c (2001, with Takeshi Itoh, as T-Square Plus), Truth (Drum and Bass Remix featuring Resonance-T, 2003), Truth (20th Anniversary Version, featuring Evolution-K, 2006), etcetera) have been used as Opening Themes for Japan's Formula 1 Races.
  • Yes, No (1988)
    • The Lyricon is replaced by the AKAI EWI.
  • Wave (1989) (as T-Square)
  • Natural (1990)
  • T-Square Live (featuring the F1 Grand Prix Theme)
    • The theme that's referred to is the song "Truth", from its album which has the same name.
    • Masato Honda made his T-Square debut on this album, but he debuted as a Backing Saxophonist, rather than playing Lead Saxophone.
  • NEW-S (1991)
    • Saxophonist Masato Honda replaces Takeshi Itoh as a Full Time, Lead Saxophonist.
    • This is possibly referenced in the Title. The "S" in "New-S" possibly stands for "Saxophone".
  • Farewell and Welcome (1991)
    • A live concert to commemorate Saxophonist Takeshi Itoh's departure from T-Square and Masato Honda's Arrival into it.
  • Impressive (1992)
  • Human (1993)
  • Summer Planet (1994)
    • Like "Temptation of Legs" and "The Water of the Rainbow", "Summer Planet" was marketed under its native Japanese Name.
  • Welcome to the Rose Garden (1995)
  • B.C. A.D. (1996)
  • Blue in Red (1997)
  • Gravity (1998)
    • Saxophonist Takahiro Miyazaki replaces Masato Honda.
    • Keyboardist Tadashi Namba replaces Hirotaka Izumi.
    • A new studio version of "Japanese Soul Brothers", featuring almost all members of T-Square from 1978 to 1998, was released as a Bonus Track, on a Special, Limited-Edition Release of "Gravity". Prior versions of the song were Recorded Live, making this particular recording the first Studio version of "Japanese Soul Brothers", although the arrangement varies slightly from the original 1985 version.
  • Farewell and Welcome '98 (1998)
    • A live concert to commemorate Saxophonist Masato Honda's and Pianist Hirotaka Izumi's departure from T-Square and New Saxophonist Takahiro Miyazaki's and Keyboardist Tadashi Namba's Arrival into it.
  • Sweet & Gentle (1999)
    • Keyboardist Tadashi Namba is replaced by Keiji Matsumoto.
  • 999.9 (1999, featuring all 3 Saxophonists, but not the ENTIRE T-Square group.)
  • T-Square (2000)
  • Friendship (2000)
    • T-Square's Original Saxophonist, Takeshi Itoh, returns to record this, and all following, albums.
    • Due to keyboardist Keiji Matsumoto, Bassist Mitsuru Sutoh and Drummer Hiroyuki Noritake forming "Trio The Square", T-Square began to use Session Musicians, rather than the previously mentioned.
  • Brasil (2001)
  • Truth 21c (as T-Square Plus)
  • New Road, Old Way (2002) (as T-Square, but not retaining the original members)
  • Spirits (2003) (as The Square)
    • This is the First album to retain Some of T-Square's best known members:
      • Mitsuru Sutoh on Bass
      • Hirotaka Izumi on Piano
      • Hiroyuki Noritake on Drums
    • Also the first to officially have Keyboardist Keizoh Kawano as a member of T-Square.
  • T Comes Back (2003)
    • Takahiro Miyazaki returned to record "Omens of Love 2003", on this Album.
  • Groove Globe (2004)
    • Drummer Hiroyuki Noritake is replaced by Satoshi Bandoh.
    • Bassist Mitsuru Sutoh is replaced by Katsuji Morioka.
    • Former drummer Michael Kawai returns as a percussionist and producer.
  • Casiopea vs. T-Square (2004, recorded in 2003)
  • Passion Flower (2005)
    • Bassist Katsuji Morioka is replaced by Shingo Tanaka.
  • Blood Music (2006)
  • 33 (2007)
  • Wonderful Days (2008, as T-Square Super Band)
    • T-Square's 1998-1999 Saxophonist, Takahiro Miyazaki returns to record this album.
  • "The Square~T-Square since 1978: 30th Anniversary Festival" (2008, DVD/Blu-Ray Release, as T-Square Super Band Special)
    • Like their 20th Anniversary show, This one took place at Yaon de Asobu, a music show hosted by NHK.
    • Unlike their 20th Anniversary, this one was actually released for Home Video (as DVD/Blu-Ray), with Extra Features.
  • Discoveries (2009) (as T-Square)
    • Percussionist/Producer/Original Drummer Michael Kawai leaves the band, making him the only T-Square member to have been in the band Twice, then leave.
    • Takahiro Miyazaki is involved with the Brass Section Arrangement for the track on this album that's called "Smile, Smile, Smile".

List Of T-Square Members From Past To Present

Guitarist

  • Masahiro Andoh (b.16/9/1954) (1978–Present)
    • Masahiro Andoh played Lead guitar in 1978, but since then, he began to play more Rhythm Guitar parts as well. He is also the only Original Member of T-Square that has never been replaced, or picked to replace someone else.
  • Yuhji Mikuriya (b.5/11/1954) (1978)
    • Played on 2 albums as T-Square's Rhythm Guitarist (the first 2 albums the band ever recorded), but never returned. He played Rhythm Guitar on Masahiro Andoh's 1990 solo album, "Melody go Round". He and Andoh are both members of the Acoustic-Guitar duo, "anmi2", as the band name implies (ANdoh/MIkuriya/2).

Bassist

  • Yuhji Nakamura (1978–1980)
    • T-Square's original bassist, recorded for their first 3 albums, and left the band to became a session musician and later became a pastoral at Hawaii. He came back to playing at 30th Anniversary (additionally, he played Ukelele on "Knight's Song" in the 30th Anniversary show).
  • Toyoyuki Tanaka (b.29/4/1962) (1981–1986)
    • Toyoyuki Tanaka is best known for his long Bass Slap solo (which included playing the Bass while it was resting on top of his head). This can be seen in 1984 - 1986 Live performances of T-Square's "Japanese Soul Brothers", a song that was never recorded in a Studio until 1998 (on the Special Limited edition of T-Square's album, "Gravity", as a bonus track).
  • Mitsuru Sutoh (b.14/12/1964) (1987–2000)
    • T-Square's Bassist, and, on some occasions, songwriter and rhythm guitarist (as seen on the "Wonderful Days Concert Tour" DVD). Currently playing bass with "TRIX".
  • Katsuji Morioka (2004–2005) <Support Member>
    • T-Square's bassist, played only on "Groove Globe" (2004) and "Passion Flower" (2005).
    • He was kicked out for his inability to pull off Bass-Slap solos (as seen on T-Square's performance of "Japanese Soul Brothers" with Dimension, in 2004).
  • Shingo Tanaka (2005–Present) <Support Member>
    • Although he is T-Square's Current Bassist, He had nothing to do with "Wonderful Days", nor was he in the 30th Anniversary Tour.
  • It should be noted that in between Mitsuru Sutoh's departure and T-Square's 25th Anniversary, T-Square had many guest bassists.

Drummer

  • Michael S. Kawai (b.1957) (1978–1979, 2004-2009)
    • T-Square's original drummer. (See "Percussionist" for more detail)
  • Jun Aoyama (b.10/3/1957) (1980) (recorded one album)
    • Former members of PRISM and one of a famous jazz drummer in Japan.
  • Eiji Shimizu (1981) (recorded one album)
  • Tohru Hasebe (b.21/6/1963) (1982–1985)
    • Former japanese bubble gum band members "ANKH". Became a drummer of T-SQUARE at the age of 19.
  • Hiroyuki Noritake (b.27/8/1964) (1986–2000) (2002-2005)
    • T-Square's first long-term drummer. Returned as drummer in 2002 and appeared on live performance with Casiopea. He is also one-half of "Synchronized DNA", with drummer Akira Jimbo.
  • Satoshi Bandoh (b.19/8/1983) (2005–Present)
    • T-Square's current drummer. Become full-time member since early 2005 replaced the long-term drummer, Hiroyuki Noritake.
  • It should be noted that T-Square had various Guest Drummers from 2001-2002 when T-Square changed the name to T-Square Plus.

Keyboard & Piano

  • Miyagi Junko (1978–1979)
    • The ONLY female keyboardist of T-Square. She handled mostly the main Acoustic/Electric Piano parts.
  • Shiro Sagisu (b.29/8/1957) (1978–1980) <First as a original members but later regress his presence as a Support Member>
    • He played mostly Auxiliary Keyboard lines (Strings, Synth, etc.)
  • Daisaku Kume (b. 23/7/1957) (1980–1981)
    • Formerly PRISM members. He is the one who helped T-Square redesigned and found their own style. After left the band he's launched his own solo career. He's the only T-Square alumni members that have his solo album released worldwide by Mesa/Bluemoon record.
  • Hirotaka Izumi (b.28/9/1958) (1982–1997)
    • Like all 3 of his predecessors, Izumi was able to play Both Synth hits and Grand-Piano style. (He has been playing less Synth and more Grand-Piano style since 1997)
    • Unlike his predecessors, Izumi was originally classically trained.
  • Tadashi Namba (b.1956) (On-and-off 1994 - 1997, Full time Member 1998)
    • Tadashi was a studio guest musician. In 1994, he recorded a song called "Heaven Knows" on an album called "Solitudes". In 1996, he played with T-Square Guitarist Masahiro Andoh on his solo album "Andy's", which included a song called "Moon over the Castle". In 1997, he recorded keyboard parts for "Knight's Song", which was basically the same song as "Moon over the Castle" with an EWI playing the lead melody, featured on T-Square's 1997 Album "Blue in Red". In 1998, Hirotaka Izumi left T-Square, giving Namba the opportunity to stick with the group full-time. His tenure as a T-Square Keyboardist was short. However, he returned when T-Square changed their name (T-Square Plus), only to leave again.
  • Keiji Matsumoto (b.1971) (1999–2000)
    • Tadashi Namba's replacement. After left the band he became a keyboardist for Masato Honda.
  • Keizoh Kawano (b.4/2/1971) (2000–2004 as Support Member, 2004-Current Main Keyboardist)
    • T-Square's current Keyboardist and Pianist. Having previously a support member from 2000-2004. Kawano is associated with T-Square since they changed their name to T-Square Plus and retaining the well-known members: Hiroyuki Noritake, Mitsuru Sutoh and Hirotaka Izumi on the 2003 album, Spirits. He is appeared on T-Square Vs. Casiopea live performance on 2004. On 2005, Kawano served as full-time member and played both piano and keyboard. As a Support Member, Kawano also composed and performed on the album "Groove Globe" (2004). As a Full-Time member, he composed some of the songs on all of T-Square's Albums that were recorded after he joined the band. His first recording with T-Square (as a Support Member) was on their album "Vocal2" (pronounced Vocal Square).

Saxophonist, Lyriconist and EWIst

  • Takeshi Itoh (b.15/3/1954) (Lead Saxophonist: 1978–1990, 2000–Present)
    • Nicknamed T.K., (possibly because of his 1988 Solo Album, which is also titled "T.K."), Takeshi Itoh is T-Square's original Sax player/Lyriconist since 1978. Trying to make his own solo career, he left T-Square in Late 1990, but showed up for "Farewell and Welcome" in 1991 with his replacement, Masato Honda (Farewell and Welcome was T-Square's concert to Commemorate the Welcome of a new member of the band, and the Farewell of an Original member). He returned to the group in the middle of 2000 and is still the Lead Saxophonist of T-Square.
    • The Original Wind Synthesizer used by T-Square is called a Lyricon. Being that Takeshi was the first Saxophonist of the group, he was the First one to use it. He played the Lyricon from 1979 to 1987. This was replaced by the AKAI EWI in 1988. Since then, none of the other T-Square Saxophonists have used a Lyricon, but have used an EWI.
  • Masato Honda (b.13/11/1962) (Backing Saxophonist/Support Member: 1990, Lead Saxophonist: 1991–1998)
    • Before Masato Honda replaced Itoh for most of the decade 1990 as T-Square's EWIst and Saxophonist, He debuted with T-Square as part of their Guest Brass Section (which performed on "T-Square Live: Featuring the F1 Grand Prix Theme"). As Takeshi Itoh left the group, Masato Honda replaced him. He is considered the best EWIst and Saxophonist T-Square's ever had, hence the reason why he had a better Solo career than either his predecessor or his Successor (Takahiro Miyazaki). He played with Takahiro Miyazaki in "Farewell and Welcome 1998", welcoming Takahiro to T-Square and leaving the band, no longer returning at all.
    • Although Masato is Primarily a Saxophonist, he also took vocal lessons and sang in his Amateur High-School Band before joining T-Square.
  • Takahiro Miyazaki (b.23/5/1969) (Lead Saxophonist: 1998–2000, Backing Saxophonist/Brass Section Arrangement: 2003-Present)
    • Takahiro Miyazaki replaced Masato Honda in 1998, when T-Square released their 20th Anniversary Album, "Gravity". His career as a Full-Time T-Square Saxophonist/EWIst was short-lived, as he left the group in 2000. However, in 2003, he came back for T-Square's 25th Anniversary as a Backing Saxophonist with a Guest Brass Section. Similarly, he returned in 2008 as a Backing Saxophonist, and he also showed up in both "Wonderful Days" and "Discoveries".
    • As an EWI player, Miyazaki has hit a higher note than both Masato Honda and Takeshi Itoh, A stunning Eighth-Octave E note. This can be heard in T-Square's 20th Anniversary Concert (broadcasted on July 25, 1998) when he improvises on "The Seven Wonders".
  • Although the Sax player's Role has been changed 3 Times, The "Farewell and Welcome" Concerts have only been done Twice (when Masato Honda replaced T.K. Itoh, and when Takahiro Miyazaki replaced M. Honda). However, when Takeshi Itoh returned to T-Square to replace Takahiro Miyazaki, there was no "Farewell and Welcome" concert. This is probably the reason why Miyazaki now co-arranges brass section parts for T-Square (as in, T-Square's 25th Anniversary in 2003, and, more recently, the song "Smile, Smile, Smile" from Discoveries, 2009).

Percussionist

  • Kiyohiko Semba (b.1954) (1978–1980)
    • Known for making jokes during live performances (such as T-Square's 20th, 25th and 30th Anniversaries, as well as their 1998 Album "Gravity" and also his own works)
  • Michael S. Kawai (1978-1979, 2004-2009)
    • As previously mentioned he was T-Square's original Drummer (from 1978 to 1979), He returned as a Producer and part-time percussionist from 2004 to 2009. He also played percussion on some of the tracks from "Groove Globe" (2004) and "Passion Flower" (2005).

External links

  1. ^ http://www.geocities.com//patmil007/aprill2146.JPG

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