Japanese Kenso was originally formed in 1974, but founding and the only consistent member to this date, Yoshihisa Shimizu departed for Kanagawa Dental College and the band went on hiatus, but reformed in 1979 to released their first self-titled vinyl in 1981.
Yoshihisa Shimizu often comes to stage in a lab coat, to reflect his daytime trade.
The style on the debut was instrumental and very inspired by early 70’s British Progressive Rock.
Over the next few albums Kenso’s music changed towards a more Jazz Rock inspired style, British acts like Brand X or Bruford comes to mind, but also Return to Forever and many others.
That said Kenso is far from copying anyone, they have their own sound and style and I believe you can also sense something very Japanese in their music.
Besides the wonderful Hiromi Uehara (a very different story altogether). Kenso is as far as I know the most well-known Jazz Rock artist coming from Japan and for very good reason, their music is very varied and complex, touching many subgenres of (prog) Rock and Jazz fussion, mostly instrumental but never boring or one-sided.
清水義央 (Yoshihisa Shimizu) Guitars
小口健一 (Kenichi Oguchi) Keyboards
光田健一 (Kenichi Mitsuda) Keyboads
三枝俊治 (Shunji Saegusa) Bass
小森啓資 (Keisuke Komori)Drums
Kenso have made 10 studio albums, the latest in 2014, and a serie of live albums. They are also featured with 5 tracks on “Live at Progfest-2000” DVD released by Musea.
Kenso played NEARfest 2005