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Katsuhiko Naito

Katsuhiko Naito (known as Katsu) is one of the leading Jazz engineers in New York City. Since 1987 he has been in the music recording business having accumulated credits for more than 400 CD’s and LP’s—three of which were nominated for Grammys, Latin Grammy 2011 Best Instrumental Album–Al Di Meola, 2000 Best Jazz Vocal Performance–Carla Cook and 2005 Best Instrumental Soloist–John Scofield. As an audio recording engineer he has amassed experience and expertise in recording, mixing, and mastering for more than two decades. Currently he has his own mixing and mastering room within Avatar Studios.

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Career Highlights

Al Di Meola

Pursuit of Radical Rhapsody (Telarc, 2011) Recording and Mixing — Latin Grammy nominated as 2011 Best Instrumental Album
Consequence of Chaos (Telarc, 2006) Recording and Mixing
The Grande Passion: World Sinfonia (Telarc, 2000) Recording and Mixing

John Scofield

EnRoute (Verve, 2004) Recording and Mastering — Grammy nominated as 2005 Best Instrumental Soloist

Carla Cook

It’s All About Love (Maxjazz, 1998) Recording, Mixing, and Mastering —Grammy nominated as 2000 Best Jazz Vocal Performance

Russell Malone

Triple Play (Maxjazz, 2010) Recording, Mixing, and Mastering
Live at Jazz Standard Vol. 1 and 2 (Maxjazz, 2006/2007) Recording, Mixing, and Mastering

Ahmad Jamal

Nature: The Essence, Pt.3 (Dreyfus Records, 1998) Mixing

Bobby Hutcherson

Skyline (Verve, 1999) Mastering

Mulgrew Miller

Live at Yoshi’s Vol. 1 and 2 (Maxjazz, 2004/2005) Mixing and Mastering
Live at Kennedy Center Vol. 1 and 2 (Maxjazz, 2006/2007) Recording, Mixing and Mastering

Maria Schneider

Days Of Wine And Roses (Enja, 2001 / Artist Share, 2005) Recording and Mastering

Alyssa Grahm

Echo (Sunnyside, 2008) Mixing and Mastering

Other Notable Artist Credits:

Benny Golson, Monti Alexander, Ed Thigpen, Lee Konitz, Al Foster, George Cables, Romero Lubambo, Bruce Barth, Steve Wilson, Terell Stafford, Carl Allen, Orrin Evans, Eric Revis, Sam Newsome, Brazilian Trio, Nilson Mata, Kevin Hays, Bill Stewart, Myron Walden, Trio da Paz, Seamus Blake, J.D. Allen, Eric Reed, Rene Marie, Jeremy Pelt, Dena DeRose, Tim Armacost, Laurent Coq, Billy Martin, Peter Martin, Reuben Rogers, Medeski Martin Wood, Guillermo Klein, James Hurt, Cindy Blackman, Larry Goldings, Aaron Goldberg, Bennie Walace, Juilliard Jazz Ensemble, Temple University Jazz Band, and more.

Labels & Organizations Katsu has worked with:

Blue Note/Capitol, Verve/Universal, Impulse/BMG, Telarc/Concord, Sunnyside, Maxjazz, High Note/Savant, Steeple Chase, Artist Share, Motema, Enja, APO, Jazz at Lincoln Center, Juilliard School, Temple University, Kutztown University,WBGO, and more.

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