Makoto Horiuchi

Makoto Horiuchi

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Makoto Horiuchi
Makoto is a third generation Japanese American musician. Makoto started playing guitar after rooming with Larry Coryell at the University of Washington in Seattle. He was the first Asian American Composer to be signed to a major label featuring top Asian American musicians the likes of Philip Woo, Hiroyuki Shido, and Peter Fuji. Makoto was signed not to any major label, but to Quincy Jones’ label Qwest Records. Quincy Jones is one of the quintessential arranger/composer/producers of our times. Makoto became a Qwest Recording Artist along the likes of Patti Austin, Frank Sinatra, Sarah Vaughn, and Jimmy Smith. He was privy to one of the most successful artistic collaborations in the history of the music business, Michael Jackson and Quincy Jones.

Makoto had two albums on Quincy Jones’ Qwest label both which are reissued on KulTone/Qwest. A self titled “Makoto” and a second album called Nside. Nside has collaborations with lyricist, vocal arranger, and songwriter Siedah Garrett, (Man in the Mirror). This album leans to the R&B side of Makoto's vision. His third album is released on KulTone Records and is called Spirit of the Islands. It features the drumming of Eric Gravatt (Weather Report, McCoy Tyner). This instrumental album showcases Makoto’s skills as a composer as well as a producer. It features compositions that are inspired by island music and take you from the blues, funk, to Cabo Verde, Mali, and beyond.
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Makoto Horiuchi Makoto (Album) Qwest Records, Qwest Records US 1984 Sell This Version
9 25301-1, 1-25301 Makoto* Nside(LP, Album) Qwest Records, Qwest Records 9 25301-1, 1-25301 US 1985 Sell This Version
KLT601 Makoto Horiuchi Spirit of the Island(CD, Album) KulTone Records KLT601 US 2015 Sell This Version

Singles & EPs

Makoto* Rich Man Poor Man (Single) Qwest Records US 1985 Sell This Version

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