Ohta became a professional jazz pianist when he was 18 years old because of Hideto Kanai (bass) who convinced him to become a full time performing professional pianist. After He joined Mr. Kanai’s band, he played with Fumio Watanabe (drums) who is the younger brother of Sadao Watanabe, Kunimitsu Inaba (bass) Trio, and Akira Omori (alto sax)‘s group. In 1981, his first solo album Blue Highland was released with critical acclaim. He was playing not only with Japanese musicians but also American musicians for his collaborations including: Art Taylor (drums), Joe Jones Jr (drums), and Evelyn Blakey (vocal)
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